Troy Woman Denies Allegations of Family Member Assault

Tracee Peterson, herself a victim of family assault, allegedly hit one of her children on Aug. 2

By Justin Franz

The Troy woman who was beat into a coma by her ex-husband last fall has been accused of assaulting one of her own children. Tracee Peterson, 38, pleaded not guilty to charges of partner family member assault in Troy City Court earlier this month.

On Aug. 2, police received a report of an assault at Peterson’s home in Troy. Police found the victim at Peterson’s parents’ house and, according to court documents, the child told police that they had gotten into an argument with their mother about chores. Peterson then allegedly punched the minor in the shoulders and chest multiple times before scratching them in the arm.

Soon after the incident, an officer met with Peterson, who said the argument started over the child’s cell phone use and that she tried to take the phone away, but the child resisted. After inspecting the child’s injuries and gathering statements from the victims and witnesses, the officer determined that Peterson was the aggressor and placed her under arrest.

Last September, Peterson’s husband, Joshua Peterson, viciously beat her with a baseball bat. She was rushed to Kalispell Regional Medical Center where she was put into a medically induced coma and then sent to Seattle where she was hospitalized for more than a month. Earlier this year, Joshua Peterson was sent to prison for 30 years without the possibility of parole for the attack.

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