Lawyer: Language barrier a problem for refugee accused of beating children with broomstick
CONCORD (AP) — The lawyer for a refugee from the Congo accused of beating her two children with a broomstick says her experience in the justice system has been marked by miscommunication and a lack of information, while authorities say her actions went well beyond any form of physical discipline.
Police arrested 32-year-old Joyce Chance in Concord in April on multiple assault charges. They said school officials contacted authorities regarding concerns about her children, both under 13, in March. The state Division for Children, Youth and Families investigated Chance.
Chance and her family have been in Concord under a year. Her lawyer tells New Hampshire Public Radio Chance doesn't speak English and she fears that barrier has affected the investigation.
Chance, who awaits trial, has been released on bail.