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Mother is accused of throwing a pan of hot grease at teen daughter

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at 11:09 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at 5:42 p.m.

Jackson County prosecutors on Wednesday charged a mother with five felonies after she allegedly choked her teenage daughter until she turned purple and threw a pan of hot grease at her for being too loud.

Prosecutors charged Marilin Gobel, 40, with domestic assault and four counts of child abuse in connection with the incident about 6:25 p.m. Tuesday in the 5500 block of Paloma Avenue.

During the fight, Gobel reportedly told her daughter, “I wish you were the one that died. Not my son,” according to court records.

Gobel’s 17-year-old son died from a prolonged illness July 26, according to his obituary.

According to court records, the 16-year-old was playing with younger children in a bedroom when Gobel yelled for them to be quiet and told the teen she was too old to be playing.

The teen told Gobel to stop talking to her and the children continued to play. Gobel barged into the room and allegedly slapped the teen in the face, pushed her onto a bed and choked her with her forearm and then both hands as witnesses heard the teen gasping for air.

“I might go to jail,” Gobel said, according to a 20-year-old witness. “But I will keep beating your ass.”

The 20-year-old pulled Gobel off the victim, who said she “blacked out.”

The victim and witness went into the kitchen and Gobel followed, then allegedly punched the victim in the back of the head and choked her on the floor. The victim’s father returned home and pulled Gobel off the victim.

Gobel grabbed a hot frying pan from the stove and threw it at the teen, according to the witness, who said she pushed the teen out of the way of the grease and pan.

But Gobel told police she threw the pan in anger onto the floor, not at her daughter. She also said the teen hit her and was trying to pull her hair. Gobel told detectives later that she knew “this was not the correct way to discipline.”

Gobel spent the night in jail and remained behind bars Wednesday.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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