An active-duty Coast Guard member from Poulsbo was charged last week with second-degree assault of a child after allegedly hitting and strangling her 12-year-old daughter.
On Dec. 22, after the physical dispute reportedly occurred when the mom was drunk, the daughter was able to lock herself in a bathroom with her mother’s phone to call 9-1-1, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office documents read. Dispatchers overheard the mother, 36-year-old Meredith Stocker, yelling while pounding on the bathroom door saying, “I’ll rip down this god damn door.” When police arrived at the residence at NW Slate Lane, they noted Stocker’s bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and that she was unsteady on her feet.
The daughter told police her mother was intoxicated not long after she returned from work. She said she began making spaghetti when Stocker tried to take the tongs from her. She said Stocker then grabbed her sweatshirt causing her to fall to the floor. Stocker then allegedly tried to punch her in the face but the daughter was able to fend it off. She said she was only punched in the left shoulder, which she said “hurt bad,” per documents.
Stocker eventually choked her for about 30 seconds, the daughter told detectives. She said she never lost consciousness and eventually broke free, grabbed her mom’s cell phone, went in the bathroom and locked the door to call 9-1-1. She waited there until police arrived. When police arrived, they noted marks on the daughter’s body.
The child reported that she lives alone with her mother. She mentioned there’s a history of Stocker being physical with her, and it’s been worse in the past, documents read. Police said Stocker was visibly intoxicated and that she couldn’t articulate any altercation. The daughter was placed with Child Protective Services.