ROCKLAND, Maine — A 39-year-old Northport woman made her initial court appearance Monday after police say she bit her husband’s fingers while he tried to protect his 10-year-old son from her assault.
The incident required the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to get a ride Saturday night from the U.S. Coast Guard to Isle au Haut, located off Stonington.
Danielle A. Maxcy was arrested and charged with two counts of felony assault. The offenses are felonies because she had a prior domestic violence assault conviction in November 2009 in Waldo County, according to court papers.
The sheriff’s office received a call Saturday night from a relative of the alleged victims reporting the assaults. Detective Dwight Burtis and Deputy Paul Pinkham were taken by the Coast Guard from Rockland to Isle au Haut. The woman’s husband reported that Maxcy had come into the home and she had been drinking when she pushed his 10-year-old son to the floor, according to the affidavit filed in Rockland District Court by the sheriff’s office. When he went to protect his son and get him up, Maxcy bit two of her husband’s fingers severely enough for them to bleed, the affidavit stated.
The officers found the woman asleep at an island home and questioned her. She denied biting her husband or pushing her stepson, according to the affidavit. She was arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland.
The husband was the victim in the 2009 assault conviction, according to court papers.
Bail was set at $2,500 cash at her initial court appearance in Rockland District Court before Judge Susan Sparaco. She also was barred from having contact with her husband and stepson, to abstain from alcohol, and to take her medications as prescribed.
Isle au Haut is closest to Stonington in Hancock County but is part of Knox County. Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Carroll said Monday that the department responds on average four to five times a year to calls on Isle au Haut.
He said if the call warrants officers going, the department will contact the Maine Marine Patrol and if it is unable to provide a ride, the department will turn to the Coast Guard.
There have also been times when the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office responds, Carroll said.
The ride from Rockland to Isle au Haut takes about an hour if weather conditions are good, Carroll said.
Isle au Haut has a year-round population of 73 people, according to the 2010 Census.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.