ALNA, Maine — An Alna woman faces a felony assault charge after allegedly throwing a Thomas the Train toy at her 4-year-old son, striking him in the face.
Cashel P. Fanslau, 33, faces a Class C charge of domestic violence assault on a child younger than 6 years old. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Scott Hayden responded to the Fanslau home the afternoon of Oct. 3 after Fanslau’s husband reported the incident.
Hayden spoke with the boy. “He had a fat lip and [a] cut [with] blood on it,” Hayden said in a probable-cause statement. “He told me, ‘Mom threw Thomas the Train at me.’”
Fanslau and her husband argued after the incident and Fanslau left the residence, according to Hayden.
Fanslau “admitted to throwing the toy, but said she didn’t mean to hit her son,” Hayden said. Hayden arrested her the same evening.
Fanslau is free on $500 cash bail, with conditions that prohibit her from returning to the home and restrict visitation with the child. She is scheduled to appear in Lincoln County Superior Court on Nov. 25.
Fanslau’s attorney, Will Avantaggio, said his client maintains the incident was an accident. He declined further comment.