Tuesday March 12, 2013

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- Police say an argument over birthday cake led to a mother allegedly threatening to kill her child and herself.

Wendy K. Comar, 23, of Main Street, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault and was released from Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division on conditions she not have unsupervised contact with her 3-year-old child.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Andy Hunt, on Sunday at 10:48 p.m. he was sent to a home on Willow Road for a report of a woman who was "out of control." While on his way he received word that she was threatening to shoot herself and her child.

When Hunt arrived, Comar was in the back room holding her daughter and screaming at her father, Glenn Comar. After some talk, Wendy Comar handed the child off to her father.

Hunt spoke with Wendy Comar's sister, Cailin Comar, who said that day was the child's third birthday and that Wendy had fallen asleep on the couch at 4 p.m. and did not wake until 10 p.m. despite attempts to rouse her. When she learned her father had cut a small slice of cake for the child, she became "infuriated" and an argument ensued.

Hunt spoke to other members of the Comar family who said Wendy Comar had threatened to shoot her child in the head, then shoot herself.

Hunt was told she has made similar threats in the past and at one point threatened to crash into a tree, prompting the child to say something to the effect of "Mommy, I don't want to go into a tree."

The family did not know if Wendy Comar had access to a firearm. Hunt said her mental health was evaluated at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @kwhitcombjr