Hopkinton, MA – A woman who has accused the district attorney’s office of mishandling the investigation into her 16-year-old daughter’s alleged suicide is also facing a domestic violence charge for allegedly assaulting one of her children.
Calvina Strothers, 41, has been charged in Framingham District Court with assault and battery on a family member in connection with a March 6, 2020 incident with her teenaged daughter, the Boston Herald reported.
Strothers was accused of hitting the teen multiple times wither fists and a baseball bat, according to the paper.
The unidentified child involved in the alleged assault was temporarily removed from Strothers’ care by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), according to court documents.
Strothers bailed out of jail on April 17, 2020 and is due back in court on July 23, the Boston Herald reported.
Her daughter, 16-year-old Mikayla Miller, was found dead in a wooded area near her family’s home last month, the Holliston-Hopkinton Patch reported.
Police said they believe Miller’s death was a suicide.
Strothers refused to accept that assertion, and has been accusing police of blowing off her report that Miller was “jumped” by a group of girls, some of whom were adults and most of whom were white, the Holliston-Hopkinton Patch reported.
Strothers reported the assault and police responded to find Miller with a bloody lip, according to the news outlet.
A jogger found Miller’s body lying in the woods about one-quarter of a mile away from the apartment complex the following morning.
Cell phone health app data revealed Miller had gone straight from her apartment and into the woods, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said, according to the Holliston-Hopkinton Patch.
Strothers argued her daughter’s cell phone data was not on and that the building’s Wi-Fi wouldn’t have reached that far.
She alleged there was no way the teen’s cell phone gave police the information they claimed, the Holliston-Hopkinton Patch reported.
Strothers also claimed police refused to give her a copy of the police report associated with the assault that occurred the night before Miller’s body was found.
Ryan said last week that the State Medical Examiner’s Office is still working to determine Miller’s cause and manner of death, the Boston Herald reported.
Investigators are continuing to look at computer and phone records in an attempt to glean more information, she added.
But Strothers, Violence in Boston founder Monica Cannon-Grant, and former Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson claimed that police and prosecutors would have handled the situation completely differently if Miller had been white and the group of girls who allegedly attacked her had been black, the Holliston-Hopkinton Patch reported.
“If they would not have immediately made a conclusion regarding my child’s death and done a proper investigation, or did any investigation at all, we wouldn’t be here,” Strothers declared. “I’m looking for justice for my daughter.”
Jackson alleged investigators found Miller “up against a tree with a belt around her neck,” the Holliston-Hopkinton Patch reported.
Ryan’s office refused to comment on the issue, according to the news outlet.
Strothers blasted Ryan for failing to charge the teens so far, and demanded she be removed from the case.
She has also called for an independent investigation into Miller’s death, as have the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts), the Boston Herald reported.
A GoFundMe page Strothers launched to help “raise funds so that we have the resources to continue this fight for accountability, transparency and #JusticeforMikayla” has raised over $55,000 so far.