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Appearing in court together, both in handcuffs, a mother and daughter pleaded guilty Friday to charges that they burglarized a home and assaulted a resident, who said she was attacked with a hammer.

Cheri Danielle Schiedel, 31, and her mother, Kimberly June Paulk, 55, took turns entering guilty pleas to felony aggravated burglary before District Judge Ingrid Gustafson.

Charging documents say Billings police arrested the pair after responding to a burglary Jan. 18 at a home on the 400 block of Kuhlman Drive.

The officers found that a house had been broken into and ransacked.

An officer visited the victim at a Billings hospital and found that she had multiple round cuts on her head that had required staples. The officer reported the woman had wet and dried blood in her hair and on her face and hands.

The woman said she arrived at her residence and tried to stop the pair of women from taking items from the home, court documents state. The woman said Schiedel and Paulk then started attacking her and forced her to the ground.

She said she was hit at least four times with a hammer and may also have been hit with brass knuckles, court documents say.

Police also reviewed security camera footage taken at the residence that showed the two women ransacking the house and then assaulting a woman who confronted them, the affidavit says.

Both women are scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 15.



City news reporter for the Billings Gazette