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CROWN POINT — A 14-year-old boy wasn't wearing shoes despite near-freezing temperatures and sleet when he flagged down a Hobart police officer Jan. 12 and said his mother was "drunk and mad," court records allege.

Dominica J. Gibson, 38, of Hobart, is accused of attacking the boy and breaking a computer she recently purchased for him because he was scared of her and called relatives for help.

When the officer pulled up, he saw the boy and then noticed Gibson dragging the boy's 8-year-old sister by the wrist and telling a group of onlookers to mind their own business, court records allege. 

The boy, who had scratches on his arms and cuts to his neck, was crying and told police his sister followed him out of their home in the 900 block of West 38th Avenue when his mother began beating him, records state.

The girl, who was also in tears, told the officer, "I can't live like this anymore."

Gibson was arrested and became "insulting and belligerent" while in the officer's patrol car, records state. After she was removed from the car, the smell of alcohol lingered for several hours.

Gibson was charged Tuesday with neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury, a level 5 felony, and domestic battery, a level 6 felony. 

A magistrate entered not guilty pleas on her behalf during an initial hearing Thursday. Her formal appearance before Lake Criminal Court Judge Clarence Murray is set for Jan. 21.

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