Police: Knife-wielding Boise woman arrested after chasing girls

April 25, 2013 

SHERRY BATT

PHOTO PROVIDED BY ADA COUNTY JAIL

A 34-year-old woman was taken into custody without incident after reports that she threatened the girls with a steak knife while chasing them down a city street late Wednesday. No one was injured.

Sherry N. Batt was charged with two counts of felony injury to a child.

The incident in the 2000 block of North 23rd Street was reported to police at about 10 p.m. Multiple people saw a knife-wielding woman who was chasing two girls and cursing at them, according to Boise Police spokesman Chuck McClure.

McClure said neighbors got involved to help the girls. After search for a few minutes, police located Batt down the street at Elm Grove Park, 23rd and Irene streets. She did not resist arrest.

No information was available in the police report on whether Batt had possession of the knife, or investigators found it at the scene.

Police declined to release information about the relationship of the suspect and the victims, except that the victims were well known to the woman. They were released to the custody of family members.

Batt was taken to a local hospital to be medically cleared before she was booked into the Ada County Jail. McClure said the suspect had been drinking alcohol, and there was concern that she may have taken pills.

"Based on her actions, they were concerned about her condition," McClure said.

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