July 28, 2014

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Mother gets probation for holding pillow over son’s head in July

MEDINA — A mother who told a counselor that she felt “homicidal” toward her child was placed on probation for five years after pleading guilty to child endangering, a third-degree felony.

Terry Boyle, 33, now of Cleveland but formerly of Medina, pleaded guilty April 3 in exchange for prosecutors dropping charges of attempted murder and felonious assault.

Terry Boyle

Terry Boyle

She was sentenced Monday by Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier.

According to police, Boyle told a counselor July 18 at Solutions Behavioral Healthcare in Medina that she felt “homicidal” toward her child.

Police were called to transport her to Medina Hospital for evaluation. She was arrested that day.

According to a grand jury indictment, Boyle attempted to kill her son earlier that day with a pillow.

Boyle said in an online petition that what she did was an attempt to prevent the boy from fighting with his younger sister, and that she had the couch pillow on her son’s head for a “split second.”

On her online petition, Boyle stated she has had no contact with the boy or her other child since her arrest. At Boyle’s change of plea hearing, her attorney confirmed she has had no contact with the children.

Whether she regains custody will be determined by the county’s juvenile court.

Boyle has no previous record in Medina County Common Pleas Court or Medina Municipal Court.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @adavisreports.