Franklin woman facing trespass, assault charges

A transient Franklin woman is facing charges for breaking into a home on Buffalo Street and hitting a girl with a broom.

Franklin police said in a criminal complaint they were called Monday evening to the residence in the 1400 block of Buffalo where Megan Belford, 31, had entered the house when no one was home.

Two girls, one of whom lives at the house, returned home from McDonald’s and found Belford in a bedroom in the home, the complaint said.

The girl who lived in the house knew Belford to be a former friend of her father’s and that her father had told Belford never to come back to the house, the complaint said.

The girl told Belford to get out of the house and Belford tried to shut the door and barricade herself in the bedroom, according to the complaint.

During a struggle to open the door, Belford hit the girl with a broom and then Belford ran out of the house before police arrived, the complaint said.

The girl had abrasions and red marks on her throat and chest, according to the complaint.

The girl’s father, who is the main resident at the house, told police he had a brief relationship with Belford and she had stayed at the house for a short time, but her behavior “quickly got out of hand” and he told her to leave and never come back several weeks ago, the complaint said.

Belford was arraigned Friday and charged with a felony count of criminal trespass as well as misdemeanor counts of simple assault and defiant trespass.

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.


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