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Trending: 81-Year-Old Woman Jailed For Letting Dogs Run Free

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Woman jailed for unleashed dogs.
Woman jailed for unleashed dogs.

By Todd Richissin

Havre de Grace, Maryland – Who says the law has no bite?

An 81-year-old woman who lives near was thrown in jail overnight for allegedly letting her dogs run unleashed a year ago, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Mary Magdalene Root was jailed on $2,500 bail Wednesday and kept overnight at Harford County Detention Center before posting bail, the paper reported.

Root, who was present through a closed-circuit TV hookup from the Harford County Detention Center, had a bail hearing before Harford County District Court Judge Mimi Cooper in Bel Air Wednesday afternoon.

Tatiana David, of the public defender's office, asked the judge to release Root on her own recognizance, since Root had no prior convictions and needed to deal with her failing health, according to the Sun.

Cooper said no, the paper reported. The judge ordered that Root be held in lieu of $2,500 bail and, if she posted bond and was released, to have no animals on her property.

Root was released from jail early Thursday morning after a person family members characterized as a "stranger" paid the required 10 percent of her bail, $250, the paper reported. Vantina Gifford, 52, of Charlestown, said her mother is resting at her home in Cecil County and brought the dogs with her.

And how fierce were those dogs? One was a terrier mix and the other a chihuahua.

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Fred Hughes April 06, 2014 at 03:31 PM
Igor: are you married to an old Hag? Old Hags take up too much space in this country. My mother, God rest her soul, had enough sense to give up her license at 80. She was fine with that. Texting while driving is here to stay. Verizon Wireless owns the politicians. Heck, in NH you can drive without insurance. No wonder it's called "Cowhampshire." Dumb asses.
Igor April 06, 2014 at 04:15 PM
No I'm not married to an old hag. In it's self is a very disrespectful term. The definition of a hag is " an ugly often viscous old lady". Your mom would probably slap your ass silly if she heard you. I agree older people do become a pain in the butt when driving ( although as I get older the space between young and old gets closer). Just because texting while driving is here to stay doesn't make it right. I would much rather get behind a person doing 50 on the turnpike than in front of some young person who think he/she is Parnelli Jones weaving in and out. I might get there a little later but at least I'll get there.
Beege Marshall April 06, 2014 at 11:13 PM
Matt and Fred ...... hmmmm.....Did your mothers and grandmothers abuse you or mistreat you for you to spout such disrespect and hatred ?? Just for starters they GAVE you life. Obviously your "fathers" failed to teach you common manners or respect. My sons who are now fathers themselves would never speak or tolerate such language coming out of their sons mouths regarding any woman. They are better than that. Fred, if your mother was 80 before she died, HOW old are you ??? And texting IS illegal while driving in some states as it should be. A YOUNG adult just missed the side of my car by only 12-18 " attempting to merge onto the freeway here. They were "texting" instead of paying attention. Would have been a multi car accident in rush hour if I hadn't been taught to drive defensively and responsibly.
Harford County Native April 07, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Do you know what is really sad? That the Patch has allowed for this to continue on for so long. This e-paper has turned into a total waste of people's time and the information that they are putting out is poorly written or investigated.
usmcboi April 07, 2014 at 07:53 PM
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