Mom accused of threatening daughter, throwing puppy off balcony

Created: 08/18/2014 11:24 AM
By: Kristen Garcia,

An Albuquerque mother is accused of holding a knife to her 5-year-old daughter's head and throwing the family's puppy off a two-story balcony.

According to criminal complaint, an anonymous caller told APD Dispatch that there was female, later identified as Clarissa Chino, chasing a male with a knife and also had a box of beer in her other hand.

Chino's boyfriend, James Atkins also called police and told them, Chino was drunk at their apartment near Central and Wyoming and attempted to stab their 5-year-old daughter with a knife.

Atkins told police Chino and her friend were arguing inside the residence. Atkins asked the two leave because he didn't want them arguing in front of their children. Atkins said Chino took offense and pointed a knife at him. When he ran down the stairs Chino threw the family's puppy off the stairs and then grabbed her daughter while holding the knife before leaving the apartment.

Police found Chino near Central Avenue and Charleston Avenue, where officers detained her for interviewing.

Chino told police she was trying to leave the apartment when Atkins grabbed her hair and scratched her because he didn't want her to leave. She further stated that she never armed herself with a knife and never threw the puppy from the deck.

The child wasn't hurt, but the dog was taken by Animal Control to an emergency vet hospital with several injuries.

Chino was booked for aggravated assault against a household member, two counts of aggravated assault, abandonment or abuse of child, and cruelty to animals. 

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