Woman indicted on felony charges

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/4/2019 5:18:04 PM

A Jaffrey woman accused of pouring bleach on the father of her three children and running him over with her Honda Pilot has been indicted on several felonies.

Jessica Bruno, 31, of Lacey Road, Jaffrey, was indicted on four class B felonies – first-degree assault domestic violence-related, two counts of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon and second-degree assault domestic violence-related.

Rindge police responded to a Cider Mill Lane residence in Rindge on June 29 at 9:33 p.m. after receiving a 911 call reporting “an altercation during which someone was run over by a vehicle and someone pulled a knife,” Rindge police Sgt. Rachel Malynowski said in Bruno’s arrest affidavit on file at the Cheshire County Superior Court.

When Malynowski and the other Rindge officers arrived they spoke to a man who said Bruno “punched him several times about the chest and shoulder. … then followed him into the residence and had poured bleach on him,” Malynowski wrote.

At that point they went outside and Bruno “demanded the return of her children.” Their children, aged five, three and two years old were also at the residence. Bruno then reportedly got into her 2008 Honda Pilot and drove over the lawn and struck the man, “knocking him to the ground, and running over him, and pinning him to the ground.” The man claimed the front tire of the Honda Pilot had been on his chest.

“His neck and upper chest area were red and there was a large but shallow scrape across the left side of his chest. His back had some additional scrapes and small punctures as well as dirt, grass, and debris,” Malynowski wrote.

The woman who lives at the Cider Mill Lane home told police she had been at Bruno’s home in Jaffrey earlier in the evening and that the father and children came home with the woman to Rindge because Bruno was drunk and making suicidal comments.

The Cider Mill Lane woman told police she witnessed Bruno punch the man and pour bleach on him and that the children also witnessed “the altercation and were crying and screaming,” Malynowski wrote. The woman said Bruno “went outside but returned moments later holding what appeared to be a kitchen steak knife,” Malynowski wrote.

When the Rindge woman told Bruno to “get out of her house” Bruno threatened to stab her. Bruno also allegedly attempted to leave with her children, saying she was “going to drive into a tree and kill them all,” the affidavit said. The man told police he begged Bruno to leave the children at the Rindge residence. He and the Rindge woman took the two-year-old out of the vehicle and the woman “claimed that Jessica told her to take care of the children because she was going to kill herself,” Malynowski wrote.

Bruno had left the scene by the time police arrived. When she was arrested later, “Jessica refused to provide a statement regarding the incident during the booking process,” Malynowski wrote.

Bruno was indicted on the felony charge by a Cheshire County grand jury on Aug. 26. An is not a ruling of guilt but a determination by a grand jury that there is enough evidence for a trial.


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