Mount Pleasant police say a 25-year-old woman who suffers from bipolar schizophrenia is facing charges after she attacked a relative over the weekend.

Mykeshia Howze was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one misdemeanor count each of battery and disorderly conduct, both with domestic violence assessments. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or up to $11,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called Sunday morning to a home in the 1500 block of Green Bay Road for a report of domestic violence and that the victim was locked in the bathroom. When officers arrived, they knocked on the door and Howze told them she wasn’t going to answer the door. Another woman – the victim – answered the door and told officers that Howze suffers from bipolar schizophrenia and hasn’t been taking her medication.

Police say the woman was awakened by Howze yelling on the phone about another relative, who is incarcerated in Milwaukee. When she tried to take the phone from Howze, the defendant started yelling and swearing at the woman while the woman was backing up toward her room. She placed a chair in between herself and Howze, but the defendant swung at the woman anyway and punched her in the nose.

Howze yelled more expletives at the woman while the victim crawled backwards to get away from the defendant, the complaint reads.

The defendant remains in the Racine County Jail on a $3,000 cash bond. Her next court date is May 4 for a competency hearing.

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