Elderly woman who scolded child about geese taunting injured by kid's father 

click to enlarge Lakeside assault: A woman suffered life-threatening injuries at Stow Lake on Friday. - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • Lakeside assault: A woman suffered life-threatening injuries at Stow Lake on Friday.

An elderly woman who scolded a child who she said was disturbing geese at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of being shoved to the ground by the kid’s apparently heartless father.

Police are now hunting for the dangerous dad, who was reportedly enraged that the 82-year-old had disciplined his child.

The attack occurred about 11 a.m. Friday on the west side of the lake, which is located in the center of the park just east of state Highway 1. The woman told police that she and her husband had split up to take separate walks when she saw a child at the lake “messing with” geese, police Officer Gordon Shyy said Monday.

“She advised the juvenile to not play with the geese,” Shyy said.

That apparently angered the child’s father.

The dad confronted the woman and ended up pushing her, Shyy said. She fell to the ground and hit her head. The woman suffered abrasions on her arm and was bleeding from the head “a little.”

The suspect and the woman’s husband, who was not with his wife at the time of the assault, helped her to her car.

Police were not immediately called, Shyy said, because the suspect and victim decided to go their separate ways.

However, later that afternoon, the woman started to feel ill. She was admitted to St. Mary’s Medical Center and learned that she had life-threatening head trauma, though her health had reportedly improved as of Monday.

Now investigators with the Police Department’s special victims unit are searching for the dad, who was described only as a man in his 40s. The suspect did not identify himself to the victim or the husband, Shyy said.

There had been no arrest as of Monday, and no geese were injured during the incident, Shyy said.


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