Criminal proceedings reinstated in baseball bat attack
Doctors will testify in McElroy case
VICTORVILLE • The case will go on against a Barstow woman accused of repeatedly striking her elderly boyfriend with a baseball bat.
At a hearing Thursday in Victorville, the court read and considered reports filed by a doctor regarding the mental competency of Carolyn McElroy.
McElroy, 45, was charged with attempted murder June 19 after the alleged attack on her boyfriend, 75-year-old Fermin Aragon, and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation earlier this month.
Criminal proceedings had been suspended until the results from that evaluation were filed.
On Thursday, proceedings were reinstated after the court agreed to a stipulation that doctors would testify in accordance with the medical reports and that the reports would be received in evidence, court records show.
McElroy and Aragon had been dating June 16 for 10 months when Barstow police received a report of a “man down” at a residence on the 400 block of S. First Avenue.
Officers found the victim laying on a concrete walkway, bleeding profusely from the head and suffering from an obvious injury to the forearm, according to previous reports.
The suspect was located at the scene in possession of the bat, authorities had said.
Aragon was treated by paramedics on scene and flown in serious but stable condition to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton for additional treatment.
Authorities said the incident was a result of an argument between the two.
McElroy, who also faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury to an elder, is due next in court Sept. 27 for a pre-trial, according to court records.
McElroy is currently in custody at the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino in lieu of $500,000 bail, booking records show.
She has one previous conviction for battery and two previous convictions for making a criminal threat in San Bernardino County, according to court records.
Shea Johnson can be reached at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com or 760-256-4126.