1997 August 20 – Misook Nowlin charged with Domestic Battery against Barton and 2-year old Christina McNeil

This is the Initial Case Report whereupon Misook Nowlin was arrested in 1997, a full year before the murder of Christina McNeil, in a domestic assault case perpetrated by Misook against none other than her then-boyfriend Barton McNeil and his then two-year old daughter Christina McNeil. Police were summoned to their second floor apartment after Misook had taken Barton’s computer monitor and threw it on the floor smashing it during her moment of anger. Barton then attempted to leave their apartment with Christina in his arms but Misook pushed him back. Police responded and Misook became argumentative with them. She also admitted to have physically prevented Barton from leaving his apartment with his daughter Christina in his arms. Bloomington Police arrested her. She was later charged and convicted with Domestic Battery and was required in 1999, leading up to the murder, to attend Anger Management classes with McLean County Department of Health and Social Services. Her counselor was Dan Taylor. Bart attended a number of these anger management classes in support of Misook. Per Bart, much of Misook’s anger as expressed during these sessions stemmed from Bart having to maintain relations with his ex-wife Tita McNeil since they were both caregivers to Christina. She was further upset that Bart was having to pay child support amounting to a few hundred dollars each month to Tita and that he was amenable to spending as much time with Christina as Tita desired as Tita was working three jobs as a nurse at that time. This evidence, including Misook’s psychological reports, were never made available in Barton’s defense which is a Brady Violation.