Police: Unemployed woman throws phone at mother for not driving her to yoga class

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    An unemployed woman threw a telephone at her mother's head because her mom declined to drive her to a yoga class, Montgomery County Police allege in court documents obtained by ABC7.

    Holly Albert, 30, of the 12500 block of Northline Court in Potomac, Md., is charged with second-degree assault.

    In August 2017, Albert's mother called 911 to report a domestic violence incident. Responding officers arrived at the family's single-family home and found Albert's mother with a blood-saturated shirt and hair that was "matted down with blood."

    Albert's mother told police that her daughter wanted to attend an afternoon yoga class for meditative purposes. When Albert's mother declined to drive her there, the 30-year-old allegedly became irate, shouted insults, grabbed a house phone and chucked it directly at her mom's head.

    Albert's mother — whose head was turned the other way — suffered a cut that caused a "large amount of bleeding." Ironically enough, she used that phone to call police as her daughter fled.

    Authorities issued an arrest warrant on the day of the alleged assault, but did not manage to arrest Albert until February 2019, 18 months later.

    Despite being the victim of the alleged assault, Albert's mother sent a two-paged typed statement of support to the court on behalf of her daughter.

    "I freely state that at all times since those events, up to the present, Holly Anne has lived with me and her father without any incident or reason whatsoever that would cause either of us to fear for our safety or well-being," Albert's mother wrote. "Moreover, I believe that it is in Holly Anne's best interest that she continue to reside with us, rather than have to make other living arrangements pending a future trial date. Holly Anne is currently unemployed and we are providing her with financial and other support at this time. It is Holly Anne's wish and decision to address and resolve the subject proceeding, and to that end she is voluntarily surrendering herself to the outstanding warrant. Knowing Holly Anne as I do, I am confident that she intends to appear at every court date necessary to bring this matter to a close."

    Albert was released on an unsecured personal bond, meaning she did not have to put down money before walking out of jail. Someone did, however, have to sign a document promising to pay $5,000 should Albert fail to appear in court. Her parents have also retained a private defense attorney to work on her behalf.

    Albert is scheduled to return to Montgomery County District Court on March 19, for a preliminary hearing. She faces up to 10 years in prison.

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