Woman charged with assault on peace officer
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 30, 2005 -- A 40-year-old Sulphur Springs woman was jailed Thursday evening for assaulting a police officer, who stepped between her and the Child Protective Services worker who removed her child from the North Davis Street residence.

Linda Ann Burrows Miears was charged at 6:15 p.m. with assault on a peace officer. She remained in the county jail at 10 a.m. Friday in lieu of $10,000 bond on the third-degree felony charge.

While conducting an initial welfare check on the child at 5:35 p.m., Sulphur Springs Police Officer Mitch Griggs noted that neither Miears nor other occupants of the residence would open the front door.

When he was able to see them inside through a window, he advised them to bring the child to the door. They refused, choosing to hold the child up to the window for his viewing instead.

SSPD Officer Mike Morgan arrived and advised that they would stand by, as a CPS representative would be arriving shortly to take emergency custody of the child. The woman, child and at least one man had exited the house and were walking toward a car, which had pulled up on Middle Street, when CPS arrived to remove the child, reports said.

Miears reportedly became enraged when the CPS case worker advised her that the agency would be removing the child from her custody, per an emergency order, and lunged at the CPS worker, according to police reports.

Griggs moved between them to protect the case worker from a physical assault. Miears, after a brief scuffle, was "taken to the ground" by Griggs, assisted by officer Mike Morgan, police reports state.

Once she calmed down, officer Morgan helped Griggs lift Miears to her feet. Reports state she then pulled her right arm away from officers and intentionally elbowed Griggs in the jaw, then continued fighting in an attempt to free herself from custody. She was again forced to the ground, where she continued to fight. Morgan was eventually able to place her in handcuffs, and at the point she was put in the patrol vehicle for transport to the county jail, according to Griggs' report.

If convicted, Miears could be sentenced to a minimum of two years and a maximum of 10 years in prison and could be assessed a fine of up to $10,000.

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