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Woman arrested for allegedly trying to suffocate daughter with plastic bag

September 11, 2012

A 51-year-old Glendale woman was charged Monday with trying to suffocate her daughter to death by placing a bag over her head while at a house in Burbank, police said.

The woman, Maral Eulmessekian, was charged with one felony count of attempted murder of her 21-year-old daughter, Pateel Eulmessekian, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint.

Maral Eulmessekian was arrested Sunday after her daughter — who did not suffer any injuries as a result of the alleged attack — ran to a neighbor’s home about 8:43 a.m. and pleaded for help, Burbank Police Sgt. Darin Ryburn said.

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“She was absolutely fearful that her mother was trying to kill her,” Ryburn said.

At some point, while lounging in a home they pair was looking after in the 800 block of Fairmount Road, the mother allegedly got up and placed a bag over her daughter’s head and tried to suffocate her, Ryburn said.

The daughter was able to tear open the bag before being suffocated, he said.

That’s when she immediately ran to the neighbor’s home and asked for a paramedic.

Although she didn’t initially report the alleged attack, police sensed something else was going on, so they sent officers to the home, Ryburn said.

Once officers arrived, they learned about the attempted suffocation and arrested the mother, who reportedly talked to police about the attack, Ryburn said.

Police officials declined to discuss a possible motive for the attack, pending the ongoing police investigation.

Ryburn did say there was no evidence of ongoing abuse between the mother and daughter.

Maral Eulmessekian remained in custody Tuesday without bail, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department records.

-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

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