Three Willmar Women in Court for Assault 16 Jan 14

Three Willmar women made their first court appearances Wednesday on felony third-degree assault and theft charges for their roles in allegedly beating a woman and then stealing her cell phone in October.

The West Central Tribune reports 20-year-old Micahella Helen Froelich faces three felony charges, two for assault and one for theft.

37-year-old Brandie Ilene Walton and 20-year-old Philomene Rose Skinaway each face one assault count and one theft count.

According to the complaints, the woman reported to Willmar Police on Oct. 6 that she had been assaulted by Froelich, Walton and Skinaway.

The victim had visible injuries to her face, had a fractured eye socket, a broken nose and significant bruises to her face and body.

She said she had been bullied by Skinaway at her workplace and had reported the incidents, which got Skinaway fired from her job at the same business. She said all three women had entered her bedroom by breaking down the door and assaulted her, with Froelich taking her phone, because Froelich thought she had been taping the beating.