|Rhonda Melvin (mug shot SCSO)|
A woman from Galena facing charges for allegedly assaulting her pregnant daughter is now facing additional assault charges.
Court documents say forty six year-old Rhonda Melvin, who lives with her daughter and her boyfriend, was intoxicated when she demanded to use her daughter's cell phone on September 2nd. When the woman refused, Melvin allegedly grabbed her by the hair and kneed her in the stomach.
The couple, who barricaded themselves in their bedroom to keep Melvin away from them, told authorities that Melvin began to "hack" through the door with a claw hammer to get to them and told them she was going to "burn the house down and "they would not leave alive."
Allisha Polimenti was transported to the hospital with abdominal pain following the attack.
After Melvin posted bond in the first case, authorities were again called to the home in McCord Bend following another instance of domestic assault on September 6th involving Melvin. Stone County Sheriff's Captain Tim Gideon says that when a deputy was arresting Melvin she spat blood on the officer.
She is also facing charges of assault of a law enforcement officer connected to that case. She is being held in the Stone County jail on $30,000 bond.