Woman Pleads Not Guilty In San Francisco Toddler Kicking

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A woman who allegedly kicked a toddler in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park last week pleaded not guilty Thursday to five felony and misdemeanor charges, a district attorney’s office spokesman said.

Sabryna Bell, 24, is being held on $250,000 bail for the charges, which include felony assault, child endangerment and making criminal threats, as well as misdemeanor battery and child endangerment.

The attack was reported at about 4:30 p.m. on March 11 at the Koret Children’s Quarter near Kezar Drive in the southeast corner of the park.

For no apparent reason, Bell kicked a stroller that struck a mother holding a 3-month-old baby, then kicked a 23-month-old girl in the chest and threatened other parents at the playground, district attorney’s office spokesman Alex Bastian said.

The toddler who was kicked fell and hit her head on the pavement but did not suffer any serious injuries. She was in San Francisco with her family from out of state to be a flower girl at a wedding, Bastian said.

Bell was initially supposed to be arraigned last week but was excused from appearing at the hearing after she was heard yelling expletives at her attorney from a holding cell adjacent to the courtroom.

Bell did not have any outbursts at Thursday morning’s hearing and was ordered by a judge to return to court on March 27 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.

She has also been ordered to stay away from the victims, which included three children and four adults.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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