Socialite admits attack on 2nd nanny

July 3, 2007 at 11:29 PM
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NORRISTOWN, Pa., July 3 (UPI) -- A Philadelphia socialite admitted Tuesday she physically assaulted her nanny and the worker's 9-year-old daughter.

Susan Tabas Tepper, who has been in jail for six weeks for violating the probation imposed after an attack on a previous nanny, is to be sentenced after she spends a month in in-patient psychiatric treatment, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

"There's good evidence she's got mental problems," said Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney John Gradel. "She's just not right in the head."

Tepper's attorney, Marc Steinberg, said she suffers from a form of post-traumatic stress disorder that caused her to have problems in May, when both attacks took place.

Gradel said Tepper could receive as much as six months for harassment and a year for probation violation when she is sentenced.

Tepper, a divorcee and mother of three who lives in Villanova, one of Philadelphia's Main Line suburbs, has inherited a hotel fortune.

She apparently took a Martha Stewart attitude to her imprisonment.

"She found the prison to be very well-run and well-organized," Steinberg said.

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