Patches continued to escalate again and again. I discovered she kicked a giant hole in the wall during her rage earlier in the day and calmly explained she had some chores to do to pay for it to be fixed. She seemed OK with it and headed to the kitchen. It took about 1 minute for her to lose it and begin a lovely tantrum leaving injured children in her wake. She threw a large wooden baby gate at Ruthie while she was holding the baby. She instinctively covered the baby with her body and hr shoulder took the brunt of the corner of the gate. Her shoulder is swollen and black. Patches then grabbed the mop still in the empty bucket and started beating at her general direction. I am not sure she was going after Ruthie or if it was just she was the nearest child. I was already across the room and took her to the ground before she could beat anyone else. She attempted to bite and scratch me but she was between a doorway and couldn't get a good grip. We were not in a traditional hold and luckily I was safe until she got a grip.
It took some time for her to calm down. My DH took the other kids to get candy while I filled Rosa in on what happened. I made sure to tell her all the things Patches needed to hear since she was in earshot. The kids are terrified of her. This is the first time she has attacked them with such force and for no reason. They have been afraid for some time but felt I kept them safe. That is no longer the case. They think she is too scary for Mom. I am not sure how or if we can change that for them. Rosa's kids were at their father's and missed the whole thing. I am not sure what their reactions would have been.
Patches insists she is telling her teacher on me. She has a couple of days to cool down and I hope she does. There is not a single mark on her. She has never been hurt by me. I still get worried at the threat, not nearly as worried as I did in the first couple of years.