Woman accused of pointing a gun at man holding their baby

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BENNINGTON — A Hoosick Falls, N.Y. woman is accused of pointing a gun at a man while he held their 7-month-old child.

Alicia Burdick, 19, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division Bennington Unit to two felony counts of aggravated domestic assault with a weapon, and misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, and unlawful mischief. Court records show she was released without bail under the conditions she not have contact with the male nor the child and not possess firearms.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Michael Pierce, on July 22 at 7:56 p.m. he and another officer were summoned to North Bennington for an open 911 line where yelling could be heard.

There they met a male and his mother who let police inside through the rear door. Meanwhile, Burdick attempted to leave and when told her to stay, ran back inside the house. Another officer came and police attempted to speak with Burdick, who had gone into a room and according to one officer was holding a gun to her own head. Police told one resident to remain where they were in another room.

While this was happening, police spoke to the male, who sported cuts and bruises. He said these were inflicted when Burdick attacked him.

After half an hour, police convinced Burdick to put the gun down. She was then taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

Police spoke to the mother who said her son and Burdick had been arguing and that Burdick had stabbed one of the tires on his vehicle. She said her son brought the child, who was in the car, inside while Burdick kicked and hit him. When inside, the male took two firearms and placed them on an "island." They continued to argue, then Burdick picked up one of the guns and pointed it at the male while he held the baby. The mother said she stood between them when this happened and Burdick eventually put the gun down.

The two guns were a "Rock Island Armory .45 caliber 1911," and a "Smith & Wesson .40 caliber SD40 VE," the latter of which was allegedly used by Burdick. Both firearms belong to the male and were taken by police as evidence.

Burdick was screened at the United Counseling Service then placed in a holding cell at the Bennington Police Department. Police said it was there she punched the window to a holding cell and used a shard of glass in an attempt to harm herself. She was moved to a different cell and placed in heavier restraints. It was estimated the damage to the glass was $200.

— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115


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