Mom in fingernail ripping goes to court |

Mom in fingernail ripping goes to court

by F.T. Norton, Appeal Staff Writer

A Carson City mother who was arrested for allegedly ripping off her daughter’s fingernails will appear in court Monday.

Holly Lynn Forrest, 39, was being held in the Carson City Jail on suspicion of felony child abuse and misdemeanor domestic battery.

According to the police report, Forrest was arrested after the manager of the Pioneer Motel in the 900 block of North Carson Street overheard Forrest’s 8-year-old daughter talking to her father on the lobby phone and noticed she had an injury to her hand.

When he questioned the girl, she allegedly said her mother was upset because she and her father had put fake fingernails on her, and the mom pulled off the fake nails. In the process, two of the child’s real fingernails were ripped off as well, the police report states.

“That poor little girl,” said Jeffrey Inlow, manager. “I gave her ice, and we bandaged it up just to give her something to do more than anything else.”

Inlow said Forrest and the girl had checked into the motel less than two hours before the incident.

When Deputy Rudy Hindelang contacted the mother, she admitted pulling off the nails.

“(Forrest) advised me that she pulled the nails of because she did not approve of them and that it was her daughter and she could do what she wanted,” he wrote in his report.

Hindelang said Forrest’s blood alcohol level at the time of her arrest was three times the legal limit.

The girl is in the custody of her father, according to the police report.

Forrest remains in jail on a $40,000 bail.