UPDATE: Mom accused of assault at elementary school denied bond

Jeneve Marshall

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The Portsmouth woman accused of allegedly assaulting students in an elementary school collapsed sobbing in court Monday morning after a judge denied her bond.

“The allegations are serious, very serious,” said Judge Earle Mobley, just before he denied 27-year-old Jeneve Marshall bond at her arraignment.

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Portsmouth police say Marshall brought her child to James Hurst Elementary School Friday morning, held down a child in a classroom, and ordered her child to fight. She allegedly assaulted three other children who got in her way when that child broke free, according to police.

At Marshall’s hearing Monday morning, her public defender argued she should be granted bond on the condition she would have no contact with the victims, and not return to James Hurst Elementary School.

If granted bond, Marshall said she would “work and take care of my kids and go to school.” She explained to Judge Mobley that she had just moved to Virginia from New Jersey, had enrolled in school, and was supposed to start a new job today to support her three children.

Her attorney argued she was not a flight risk, but the Commonwealth’s attorney said Marshall was a “danger to the community,” and pointed out prior larceny and assault convictions from 2006 and 2007 in New Jersey.

After Judge Mobley denied Marshall bond, she addressed him directly: “I really need to get home to my kids. I’m asking if you could just please — ”

As a deputy lead her from the court room, Marshall collapsed on the floor, sobbing.

“I need my kids. Please I just need my kids. Sir, sir, please just let me get my kids,” Marshall said, as at least four deputies rushed into the room to assist the two already trying to pick her up from the floor.

Marshall’s next hearing is set for October 14. She is charged with four counts of assault and battery, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and disorderly conduct.

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