Police: Mother arrested, charged with felonies, after grabbing son's throat

Published: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 1:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 1:51 p.m.

A Gainesville woman was arrested Monday morning on charges of child abuse and resisting an officer without violence after she allegedly grabbed her 17-year-old son by the throat.

The woman came into the victim's room at about 2:45 a.m. Monday, woke up him up and started to yell at him, according to the arrest report. When the victim stood up, she grabbed him by the throat.

He escaped her grasp, left the room and called 911. As he was talking to a dispatcher, she grabbed the phone and threw it to the ground, thus preventing him from talking to law enforcement.

The victim had red marks on his throat that were consistent with his account of what happened, according to the report.

The victim's mother resisted efforts to handcuff her by pulling away from Gainesville Police Department officers and falling to the ground. After she was handcuffed, she tried to pull away from them and run, according to the report. She also resisted attempts to put her into a patrol car and thrashed her legs once inside the vehicle.

Officers had to use a Ripp hobble, which is a strap that can be used to hold a suspect's legs together, to subdue her. On the way to the Alachua County jail, she spat numerous times in the backseat and had to be removed by jail staff when she arrived, police reported.

She was charged with third-degree felony child abuse as well as second-degree felony hindering, delaying or preventing communication to law enforcement, according to the Alachua County jail. She also was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, resisting an officer without violence, and is being held in lieu of a $55,000 bond.

Contact Morgan Watkins at 352-388-3104 or morgan.watkins@gvillesun.com.

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