GRIFFITH — A 28-year-old mother told police to keep her 10-year-old son after the boy ran from their apartment naked and injured Wednesday, an official said.
Teamisha L. Martin was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic battery, felony neglect of a dependent and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, police Cmdr. Keith Martin said. The police commander is not related to the defendant.
Griffith police were dispatched about 8 a.m. Wednesday to the 1900 block of Arbogast Street at the Park West Apartments for a report of a child who ran naked from a building, police said.
Officers arrived and located the child's mother, who admitted her son ran out of the building and told police they could keep her son, because she didn't want him anymore.
Police found the 10-year-old boy standing by a pool house, wearing only socks. The boy had blood on his mouth, police said.
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An officer wrapped the boy in a patrol coat and led him to a squad car. The boy told police his mother became enraged after learning he'd been suspended from school for fighting, police said.
The mother began undressing the boy to "whoop" him, police said. The boy told police he began to pull away as his mother undressed him, and she punched him twice in the face before he escaped and ran outside.
The mother was uncooperative with officers, pushed an officer, poked him in the chest and screamed at him, police said.
The mother was taken to Lake County Jail, police said.
Police notified Indiana Child Protective Services, which took custody of the 10-year-old boy and a 3-year-old sibling, police said.