2-year-old Shaken and Beaten “like a Ragdoll” by Mom on Flight; Arrested after Passengers reported Abusive Behaviour in Seattle

A 2-year-old kid was abused by his mother on a flight onboard to Seattle. The woman hails from California and was arrested in Seattle after passengers reported her to the authorities.

According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington, the mother was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after several witnesses said they saw her abusing her kid on Delta Air Lines flight 1922. The arrest was made on May 1.

According to other passengers, the child woke up their mother while she was sleeping, which made the mother kick the child in the window seat. Someone else on the plane told police that they saw the woman “shaking the child like a ragdoll.” A criminal complaint made in May 2 says that when a passenger spoke to the woman about her behavior, she told them to “mind their own business.”

After the plane touched down at 6:04 p.m., the Seattle Police Department and a member of the Civil Aviation Security Program (CASP) were called to the spot. Later, Customs and Border Protection held the woman. CASP officers saw that the child had bruises on his or her eye, cheek, shoulder, and wrist. Asked about the child’s bruises, the suspect said they were caused by a dog a week before, according to the lawsuit.

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While being held by police, the suspect was heard saying she wanted to call her mother but that her mother would laugh and tell her, “Wait until someone sees you do this in public.”

According to the news release, Child Protective Services helped place the child with a family member after taking the child from the mother’s care.

The mother was arrested in California in 2018 on suspicion of hurting a spouse or cohabitant physically, according to the criminal charge.

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