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April 30, 2013

Probation for Appanoose Co. woman

An Appanoose County woman just three days before sentencing in a case from 2012 had her pretrial release revoked.

Amy Sue Cunningham, 21, of Moulton, scheduled to be sentenced March 29 in the Appanoose County Courthouse had her pretrial release revoked on March 26 by the Department of Correctional Services. The report of violation filed by the department stated Cunningham was arrested in Appanoose County and charged with interference with official acts and three counts of trespass. Cunningham allegedly entered a residence and vehicles in Centerville without the owners permission, was in a confused state, allegedly under the influence of drugs, attempted to flee from custody and an officer was injured trying to apprehend her.

A complaint and affidavit filed March 11 by the Centerville Police Department charges Cunningham with one count of second degree criminal mischief, a class D felony. The criminal complaint alleges Cunningham on Feb. 25 at 400 E. Orchard St., Apt. 2A in Centerville at 12:09 a.m. destroyed $1,200 worth of property not belonging to her.

Cunningham refused to allow officers responding to the scene inside so they kicked in the front door. Once officers gained entry, they could see Cunningham was "covered in blood and her neck and arms were cut from self-inflicted knife wounds."

Officers had to use the Taser to subdue Cunningham because she refused to put down the knife.

Numerous collectables and furniture were destroyed and the entire apartment was left in shambles. The property destroyed belonged to her mother and Centerville Housing Inc.

Cunningham was ordered to appear at the Appanoose County Courthouse at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 7.

That wasn't Cunningham's first pretrial revocation order. On Feb. 1 a pretrial report of violation was filed alleging Cunningham failed to successfully complete her treatment at SIEDA substance abuse services and failed to contact her supervising officer with the Department of Correctional Services.

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