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Police: Woman who died after being tased, assaulted child while allegedly high on bath salts

Police believe 35-year-old Pamela McCarthy was high on bath salts when she beat her 3-year-old son early Wednesday morning in Munnsville.
Munnsville (WSYR-TV) -- Police believe 35-year-old Pamela McCarthy was high on bath salts when she beat her 3-year-old son early Wednesday morning in Munnsville.

McCarthy’s boyfriend, Jason Williams, says he saw her totally naked and didn’t know what she was doing.

Potentially high on bath salts, McCarthy may not have known what she was doing either.

Police say McCarthy began punching and choking her own son, before going after two teens playing basketball nearby.

As soon as Williams saw what was going on he rushed over to grab their son. A chase ensued between McCarthy and Williams, but McCarthy soon gave up.

“Then she went back around, she was still chasing people, just running back and forth around the street and she got a hold of one of her dogs and she was rolling around on the ground with her legs wrapped around it; she was strangling the dog,” said a neighbor.

A trooper attempted to cuff her, but she resisted. Officers tried using pepper spray to subdue her, but it had no effect, so they tased her. That’s when McCarthy went into cardiac arrest and later died at the hospital.

It was a bizarre scene 13-year-old Ryleigh Kimball won’t soon forget.

“You don't always see an old woman running around nude. It's just not an everyday thing. So you're going to remember it for a long time. I know I will,” Kimball told NewsChannel 9.

The child was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse and was treated for minor injuries before being released to family members.

The Madison County District Attorney’s Office was consulted and plans to present the case to a grand jury after an investigation, according to State Police.

In this photo taken by a neighbor, a woman who witnesses say is Pamela McCarthy is seen outside without clothes on. (NewsChannel 9 WSYR)
In this photo taken by a neighbor, a woman who witnesses say is Pamela McCarthy is seen outside without clothes on. (NewsChannel 9 WSYR)
When they responded to reports of a 3-year-old child being beaten Tuesday evening in Munnsville, State Police say they arrived to find a woman who was “violently combative” and may have been high on bath salts before she died at the hospital. (Keith Kobland, WSYR-TV)
When they responded to reports of a 3-year-old child being beaten Tuesday evening in Munnsville, State Police say they arrived to find a woman who was “violently combative” and may have been high on bath salts before she died at the hospital. (Keith Kobland, WSYR-TV)
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June 13, 2012

Munnsville (WSYR-TV) – When they responded to reports of a 3-year-old child being beaten Tuesday evening in Munnsville, State Police say they arrived to find a woman who was “violently combative” and they believe she was high on bath salts before she died at the hospital.

According to police, 911 received numerous reports that a woman at a Madison County apartment building was assaulting a child and was beginning to assault a neighbor. When a trooper arrived to take 35-year-old Pamela McCarthy into custody, she appeared to be high on bath salts, based on evidence at the scene.

After the trooper was unable to handcuff McCarthy, he said she continued to resist and pepper spray had no effect on her. While the trooper struggled with her, McCarthy reportedly growled at him and tried to bite him. Other witnesses told police that McCarthy was growling at people during the incident.

At one point during the incident, McCarthy reportedly tumbled down a set of stairs while carrying a child, then chased two boys who were playing basketball nearby. She put down the child, and then chased one of the boys into a residence. When she emerged from the residence, she ran back up the stairs and had fallen down, police say.

McCarthy's neighbor Missy Love, and others who witnessed the incident, told NewsChannel 9 that McCarthy had removed all of her clothes. Police say she was still without clothes when the trooper tried to subdue her.

The trooper used his taser to subdue McCarthy and was able to handcuff her with the help of emergency personnel on the scene. McCarthy then went into cardiac arrest and was taken to the Oneida Health Care Facility, where she died.

According to police witnesses told them McCarthy had a heart procedure, but that was not evident during the Wednesday autopsy.

The child was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse and was treated for minor injuries before being released to family members.

The Madison County District Attorney’s Office was consulted and plans to present the case to a grand jury after an investigation, according to State Police.

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