Woman, found in crib, arrested for battering police officer

2013-01-11T10:45:00Z 2013-01-11T23:05:10Z Woman, found in crib, arrested for battering police officerJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | A woman was arrested Friday morning and charged with battering a police officer after an officer found her sleeping in a portable crib.

Rebecca A. Null, 30, of 61 Bass, Portage, was charged with battery to law enforcement and resisting law enforcement after police responded to her home on a report of a disturbance.

Police were called to 61 Bass at 5:29 a.m. Friday for a physical disturbance in the front yard of a mobile home between a man and a woman during which the man allegedly ripped the woman's clothes off of her.

When police arrived, they questioned two men at the mobile home. Both men were reportedly uncooperative. An officer began searching the home for the woman. A man, who identified himself as her husband, said she was passed out from drinking in one of the home's bedrooms. The officer initially did not find the woman, but later heard "moaning" from one of the bedrooms. The officer returned to the bedroom and found Null, dressed in sweat pants and a bra, curled up in the fetal position inside a portable crib.

The officer attempted to wake up Null, who allegedly began screaming loudly and belligerently. When asked to climb out of the crib, Null allegedly swung at the officer's face, striking the officer instead in the shoulder.

When the officer attempted to pull Null from the crib, she reportedly continued to resist, according to the report, and attempted to punch  the officer. The officer deployed a Taser to Null, who cooperated for a moment, then became aggressive again. The officer applied a second Taser cycle and officers were then able to place handcuffs on Null.

Null was transported to Portage Porter Hospital Campus and medically cleared before being transported to Porter County Jail.

The officer reported pain to her knee and observed redness and a developing bruise.

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