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Mom Belts Son For Video, Gets Arrested
by Staff | Jul 23, 2012 1:48 pm
Posted to: Legal Writes
Police arrested a 35-year-old West Hills woman after she allegedly beat her 7-year-old son to discipline him.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman:
The 7-year-old spent Saturday night sleeping over at a friend’s house in New Britain, where he used a 4-year-old’s mother’s phone to record a video. The 4-year-old told him how to record it. The 4-year-old appeared naked in the video. (“There is no indication” adults knew about or played a part in the recording the video, according to Hartman.)
Sunday morning the 4-year-old’s mother saw the video. She called the 7-year-old boy’s mother in West Hills to tell her about it. The 7-year-old’s mother “was very upset.” She brought her son home, where she “allegedly used a belt to beat” him. “She then brought him to Yale-New Haven Hospital for evaluation” for what police would later describe as “heavy bruising,” including “black and blue and red marks on his body, including such bruises to his forearm, both the front and back of his right thigh and his left shoulder.”
The hospital contacted the state Department of Children and Families, which contacted the cops, who in turn arrested the mother with injury to a child, second-degree reckless endangerment, and third-degree assault.
In other weekend activity, according to Hartman:
“The Duo,” Fair Haven’s active patrol team of Louis DeCrescenzo and Martin Feliciano (pictured), made two drug arrests.
They got a tip about a man selling drugs around Wolcott and Ferry. They found him, along with bags of heroin, at 4:47 p.m. Sunday and had him locked up on numerous narcotics charges.
On an earlier shift, at 1:40 a.m., the two officers noticed a 35-year-old woman “clutch something in her hand and hurry west” on Chapel Street. They pulled up to her as she “began taking inventory of the bags of crack cocaine she’d been holding.” She “tried to discreetly drop a few at a time” until the the officers arrested her and seized 11 bags. “She offered no resistance.”