Woman pleads not guilty in assault on her child

By Taylor M. Miles
Globe Correspondent / August 11, 2011

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A Mission Hill woman pleaded not guilty yesterday to an assault and battery charge for allegedly violently shaking her 3-year-old daughter and pushing her to the ground Tuesday morning at a bus stop in Chinatown.

Judge Raymond Dougan Jr. released Yan Fan Zhu, 44, on her own recognizance at her arraignment in Boston Municipal Court but ordered her not to abuse her daughter, according to a statement from the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

Dougan denied prosecutors’ request for $2,000 cash bail; compliance with parenting plans and instructions provided by the state Department of Children and Families; and a weekly probation check-in. The department, however, is set to determine whether the child will be placed in Zhu’s home. She is due back in court on Oct. 13.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police responded to a report Tuesday morning that a woman was abusing a child, according to the district attorney’s office. The incident occurred at the Tufts Medical Center bus station on Washington Street, MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said.

A witness said the child was “trying to hug Zhu’s leg, prompting Zhu to pick her up by one arm and one leg and violently shake her before throwing her to the ground,’’ according to the district attorney. Multiple witnesses said Zhu was “severely abusing’’ the child, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.

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