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Waterford woman arraigned in attempted murder case

By Karin Crompton

Publication: theday.com

Published October 22. 2010 4:13PM   Updated October 22. 2010 7:49PM

Waterford — A woman who told police she "lost it" and tried to strangle her mother was charged Friday with attempted murder in the Friday morning incident.

Dorothy Hightower, 40, of 32 Dimmock Road, was charged by police with criminal attempt to commit murder and second-degree strangulation. She was arraigned at New London Superior Court Friday afternoon and has not yet entered a plea.

Judge Kevin McMahon set Hightower's bond at $150,000.

Hightower had had an argument with her mother and then tried to strangle the 58-year-old woman, according to a probable cause report. She told police she squeezed her mother's neck until she turned purple and that she could see blood coming out of her mother's mouth.

While she was choking her mother, Hightower told police, her mother asked, "What about your boys?"

Hightower is a married mother of two, according to the bail commissioner.

Hightower's mother passed out at one point, she told police. Hightower said that when she realized what she had done, she stopped and ran downstairs to call police and told the dispatcher that she had strangled her mother. When police arrived at the house, they said, Hightower was standing outside; she told police "I don't know" when they asked if her mother was OK.

When officers asked why she strangled her mother, Hightower responded, "I am tired of her always yelling at me."

Hightower's mother was conscious and propped up in bed when police arrived and had blood coming from her nose and mouth, according to the report. She was brought to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital.

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