DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — An 18-year-old woman has been arrested after police in Florida say she used her 6-month-old son to batter her boyfriend, officials said Tuesday.
Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Captain Tammy Marris tells local news outlets the boy was taken to a hospital Monday afternoon where he was reportedly doing OK.
The mother, Tatyana Allen, is expected to be charged with battery and child infliction of physical/mental injury, according to Volusia County Corrections.
Officers responded shortly before 4:30 p.m. Monday to a beach in Daytona Beach, where Marris says responders found Allen had battered her boyfriend, also the baby’s father, with the child.
Details about the altercation were not released, but according to a 911 call obtained by local TV station WFTV, the mother initially reported her boyfriend was drunk and high on marijuana, and had been hitting her.
As a baby is heard crying in the background, Allen was allegedly unable to convey her location to the dispatcher until a passerby offered assistance.
At no point did the mother say her son was injured, and she declined an ambulance when it was offered by the dispatcher, WFTV reported.
Allen remained in custody and was being held without bail as of Tuesday.
It is unclear whether Allen has an attorney.