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MUNNSVILLE — A Madison County woman alleged to be high on drugs is dead after assaulting her child and receiving a Taser shock while she struggled with police.
According to State Police, around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday Troopers were called to an apartment on North Main Street in the Village of Munnsville for a report of a woman assaulting her three-year-old child.
When police arrived, they say they found 35-year-old Pamela McCarthy apparently under the influence of “bath salts”, an illegal synthetic drug. Police say Trooper Christopher Budlong attempted to arrest McCarthy, who was “violently combative” according to police and resisted attempts to handcuff her. Budlong used his police-issued pepper spray on McCarthy to no effect, so he then deployed his Taser and was able to handcuff McCarthy with the help of rescue personnel.
Police then say that after McCarthy was taken into custody she went into apparent cardiac arrest. She was taken by ambulance to Oneida Healthcare, where she later died.
Police say the child was taken by ambulance to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. He was treated for minor injuries and released to family members.
Troopers say an autopsy is scheduled for today to determine a cause of death, and the Madison County District Attorney’s Office will take the case to a Grand Jury upon completion of the investigation.
McCarthy’s neighbors say they called police when they observed McCarthy punching her son, attacking neighbors, and strangling one of her dogs.
Jason Williams, McCarthy’s boyfriend, said he saw her choking their son and ran outside to take the boy from her.
According to one neighbor, “‘She was Naked just running back and forth around the street and she got a hold of one of her dogs and she was rolling around on the ground with her legs wrapped around it – she was strangling the dog.”