Woman pleads not guilty to San Diego church threat
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A woman authorities say held a gun to her baby’s head and threatened to blow up a San Diego church has pleaded not guilty to child abuse and other charges.
The San Diego Union-Tribune says 31-year-old Anna Conkey entered pleas Wednesday to eight felony and one misdemeanor charge. She could face more than 23 years in prison if convicted.
Authorities say Conkey walked into the non-denominational Tsidkenu Church during Easter Sunday services. She allegedly carried an unloaded gun and her 10-month-old child and threatened to blow up the building.
Churchgoers managed to tackle and disarm her.
Conkey’s baby and her 5-year-old daughter were seized by authorities and placed with her family.
Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco tells the Tribune that “mental issues” will play a role in the case.