LAKE STATION — Police say a 43-year-old Hobart woman attempted to pull a 2-year-old boy away from his mother Tuesday morning, saying, "you have a lot of other kids."
Sheilah Zeszutko is charged with two felony counts of criminal confinement and a felony count of battery on a person less than 14 years of age, according to charging information.
The mother in question reportedly told police she was leaving the Women, Infants, and Children office at 2490 Central Ave. Tuesday when a woman smelling of alcohol grabbed her 2-year-old son's arm and began pulling the boy toward her.
The mother, who also had her 1-year-old and 3-month-old children with her, said she screamed several times at the woman, later identified as Zeszutko, "Don't touch my kid, don't touch my kid." It was at that point Zeszutko reportedly told the woman she has a "lot of other kids."
Zeszutko left the area in a vehicle, but was identified by a nearby optical office where she had just been, police said. Police said they took her into custody Wednesday morning at her Hobart home.
Police say they recovered a security video that captured footage of the incident in question.
Zeszutko reportedly told police she saw the mother in question "struggling with three children," police said.
"Zeszutko claimed that she saw one of the children, who was a toddler, start to wander away so she placed her hands on this male child claiming that she was trying to move him closer to the child's mother to prevent him from being separated or hurt," according to the charging documents.
She also said she did not see the mother and children until they were near the cars, but police said the video shows Zeszutko followed the mother and children from the building.
Zeszutko said her medications changed recently and that may be why her recollection of the incident might be "slightly different," police said.