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Published: Friday, 12/13/2002

Toogood is no-show at hearing in Monroe

MONROE - An Indiana woman who attracted national attention when a surveillance videotape showed her beating her child was scheduled to be sentenced on unrelated charges yesterday.

Madelyne Toogood did not attend her sentencing hearing in Monroe County First District Court, so District Judge Jack Vitale delayed it until Jan. 21.

Mrs. Toogood, 26, pleaded guilty last week to one count each of failing to have a valid operator's license while driving a motor vehicle and providing false information to the state in applying for a driver's license and state identification card. She faces a maximum of 183 days in jail and a $1,100 fine.

Her attorney, David Goldstein, shouldered the blame for Mrs. Toogood's failure to appear in court for her sentencing.

He said his office mailed her a letter with the date of the hearing, but the letter never arrived at her Indiana home. Mr. Goldstein said he forgot to tell his secretary to call Mrs. Toogood to make sure she knew about the sentencing.

“I dropped the ball,” he told the court.

Earlier this year, Mrs. Toogood, of Elkhart, Ind., was caught on tape hitting her 4-year-old daughter in her vehicle.

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