Mendocino County woman arrested after alleged intoxicated assault of ex-partner
Originally published 6-15-20
by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
“On 06-07-2020 at about 7:05 PM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to an unwanted subject causing a disturbance in the 10000 block of Hearst Willits Road in Willits, California.
While responding, Deputies were advised the reporting party and the unwanted subject were in a physical altercation. Deputies were familiar with the location and the persons involved due to prior incidents.
When Deputies arrived they contacted a 54 year-old adult male standing outside the residence. Deputies learned approximately 30 minutes prior to the call to the Sheriff’s Office, the adult male’s ex-girlfriend and mother of his 2 year-old son (Michelle Cotton) had arrived at the location intoxicated.
The adult male confronted Cotton and requested she leave the location numerous times. During the incident Cotton came at the adult male causing both subject’s heads to collide causing visible injuries to both persons.
Cotton then walked into the residence and began causing more of a disturbance.
A telephone call was made to the Sheriff’s Office to request assistance in getting Cotton to leave the residence. During this time, Cotton began hitting and striking the adult male causing him to ask her to stop hitting him numerous times.
When Deputies arrived they found Cotton inside the bathroom sitting down holding her and the adult male’s two year-old son.
Cotton was not cooperative with Deputies verbal commands and appeared highly intoxicated.
She attempted to stand up with the child but was so intoxicated she lost her balance and a Deputy intervened to insure Cotton and the child would not sustain any injury.
Cotton was told she was going to be arrested and she physically resisted the Deputies by pulling away and twisting her body. The Deputies were subsequently able to physically control Cotton.
Cotton was arrested for domestic violence battery (273.5 PC), Child Endangerment (273a(A) PC), Trespassing (602(O) PC) and resisting or delay a Peace Officer (148(A) PC).
Cotton was later found to be in violation of a court order (166.4 PC) stating she could not be at the location or within 100 yard of the adult male.
Cotton was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where she was to be held in lieu of $25,000.00 bail.”