A nationwide arrest warrant has been issued for a Burnsville woman charged with stabbing and assaulting a woman, cracking the victim’s skull.
Lenora Jonea Pollard, 36, is charged with two felonies: second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine, and third-degree assault resulting in substantial bodily harm, which has a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Pollard also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment and two misdemeanor charges of domestic assault.
Burnsville police were called to a home in the 1500 block of McAndrews Road West on Dec. 17 to investigate a report of an assault in progress. The caller told police that his grandmother had been stabbed, according to the criminal complaint.
Officers heard yelling and screaming coming from the second floor of the home, and found the victim lying on the ground with extensive bruising and cuts on her face and arms, the complaint says. The woman was covered in blood and still bleeding profusely.
Pollard, who was found lying on top of the victim, was handcuffed.
The victim told police that Pollard suffers from schizophrenia and had not been taking her medication. She said that Pollard’s mental health had deteriorated over the past few days, and she had begun to barricade the doors in the house because she was afraid someone would take her children.
Two young children were present at the time of the assault, and were afraid for the victim’s safety, according to the complaint. One of the children told police that earlier that morning, Pollard was asking him questions while holding a hammer, and he thought she would kill him if he didn’t answer.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where she underwent a CT scan. Once her condition was stabilized, she told police that she heard Pollard arguing with her children in a bedroom, and she entered the room to intervene.
Pollard then turned on the victim and began to punch her with her fist and then with something that the victim thought was a television remote or the handle from a broken knife. The victim said that during the assault, one of the children pleaded with Pollard to “quit hurting Grandma,” to which Pollard responded, “I’m going to kill her. I’m going to beat her to death,” the complaint says.
Doctors determined that the victim had suffered a cracked skull in the assault.
Police found a television remote and a knife blade and handle at the scene. They attempted to interview Pollard, but most of what she said was unintelligible, according to the complaint.
Pollard did admit that she had beaten the victim with a remote control because “my niece was taken,” according to the complaint. She said she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and takes shots for her mental illness.
Pollard was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Pollard’s current whereabouts are unknown. Anyone with information is asked to contact local police. Pollard is described as a black woman with black hair and brown eyes. She stands about five feet six inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. If you encounter someone matching her description, call 651-438-TIPS or leave a tip online.