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Dallas Raines’ wife sentenced to probation, drug rehab for trying to strangle daughter

Television meteorologist Dallas Raines and his wife, Danielle Raines, at a gala in August. Danielle Raines was sentenced Friday for assault on her daughter.
(Jane Napier Neely / For Times Community News)

The wife of KABC-TV’s longtime weatherman Dallas Raines was sentenced to three years’ probation and drug rehabilitation for beating and trying to strangle their adult daughter as they drove home from a La Cañada country club, prosecutors said.

As part of a plea deal, Danielle Raines pleaded no contest Friday to one felony count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily harm on her 25-year-old daughter, according to Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

The 58-year-old mother must complete a year at a residential drug rehab program and attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings five times a week. She was also ordered to stay away from her family home as well as from her daughter.

Her attorney did not immediately return requests for a comment.

Danielle Raines was eating a meal and drinking with her daughter at the country club on Aug. 31, prosecutors said, when she apparently “became belligerent.”

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That’s when prosecutors said she struck and pushed her daughter before driving home.

She continued the attack during the drive home, forcing her daughter to pull to the side of road.

But Danielle Raines didn’t stop her assault, according to the district attorney’s office. She beat her daughter and attempted to strangle her while they were pulled over, prosecutors said.

Her daughter was eventually able to escape. Danielle Raines was arrested later that day.

Danielle Raines, a writer, recently served on the organizing committee for the Community Scholarship Foundation of La Cañada Flintridge.

She and her husband, KABC-TV’s chief meteorologist for “Eyewitness News,” live in Pasadena.

veronica.rocha@latimes.com

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