Woman Ordered To Leave Neighbor Boy Alone
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 1, 2003
QUINCY, MASSACHUSETTS--A 11-year-old boy might be safer in his neighborhood this week, after a judge ordered his 41-year-old neighbor to leave the child alone.
Norfolk Superior Court Judge Ralph D. Gants last Wednesday ordered Eleanor Pimentel to stay away from the boy, who has autism, after the state Attorney General intervened on the boy's behalf.
"There can be no excuse for Pimentel screaming at an 11-year-old boy she knew to be autistic," wrote Gants.
According to the Boston Herald, Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly had asked that a civil rights injunction be invoked against Pimentel following several incidents in which she allegedly swore, screamed and agitated the boy -- sometimes in front of police officers. Pimentel reportedly harassed the boy claiming he had brought down her property values.
"Today's court ruling affirms once again that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in Massachusetts," said Reilly in a press release after Gants' decision. "No one should have to live in fear of verbal or physical abuse because of a disability or any other personal characteristic."
Pimentel's husband told a reporter that they plan to fight the order in court.