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Woman Pleads Guilty to Scalping Idaho Teen




By Associated Press





BOISE, Idaho - A woman pleaded guilty to scalping a mohawk-wearing teenage girl, blaming the attack on mental illness and her drug addiction.


Marianne Dahle, 26, entered the plea to the aggravated battery charge as her trial was to begin Wednesday. She faces up to 15 years in prison.


Prosecutors said Dahle tied up the 15-year-old girl Jan. 18 and used a 4-inch knife to cut away the entire crown and back portion of her scalp.


Investigators said they believe Dahle and the victim were part of a clique of young female "punkers" who wore mohawks, and that Dahle scalped the youngster in retaliation for actions she perceived as offensive.


Dahle's attorney, Kathy Edwards, said the woman planned to shave the girl's mohawk but forgot to bring a razor and used the knife instead. She said Dahle has a history of mental illness and was not taking her prescribed medications at the time.


In court, Dahle acknowledged she scalped the girl, but said she only meant to trim her mohawk.


"The things that you said happened, but it was not intentional," Dahle told the judge.


Neither the victim nor her mother attended Wednesday's hearing. The girl spent two weeks in the hospital while doctors used skin from her thigh to cover the patch of missing skin.


After the attack, Dahle allegedly drove the victim to a hospital and left her; she surrendered several days later.


The attack happened at Kirkham Hot Springs, 70 miles northeast of Boise.

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