An argument reportedly stemming from a request for a Bellevue teenager to clear fleas from his bed led to a domestic violence charge against the 14-year-old boy and injuries to his mother.
Bellevue Police Officer Joshua Pickens, in his report, said when he arrived at the Lyme Street home, Officer Tyi McCarley was patting the boy down for weapons. McCarley placed the youth in handcuffs and in the rare of his cruiser.
McCarley then spoke with the boy's mother, who advised "she had some scratches on her right hand." She declined treatment, although North Central EMS was en route, having been called by her daughter.
The mother reportedly said she'd given the dog a bath to rid it of fleas and afterwards, the dog jumped into her son's bed. She told her son to vacuum to get some of the fleas out of the bed "and he kept telling her to shut up," according to a police report.
She then heard a lamp break upstairs in his room. The mother went up and asked him what he was doing. Police said the son kept yelling at her, so she smacked him in the arm and told him to knock it off. That is when the boy started pushing her and swinging his arms around. While he was swinging his arms he elbowed her on the right side of her face. She told him that was it and that she was going to call the police.
Pickens' report states the youngster grabbed his mother and wouldn't let her leave his room. The mother "advised that is how she received scratches on her right hand."
The suspect then "unplugged the phone from the wall and took the battery out of her cell phone." The mother then told her daughter to go to the neighbor's house and call police, and soon after police arrived.
Paramedics checked the mother and cleaned her hand from the scratches. She said she didn't wish to go to the hospital, according to the report.
The 9-1-1 call advised of a "possible stabbing" at the residence. Pickens reported the mother believed the cut on her hand was from her son's finger nails and no knife was involved.
McCarley, the other officer, said when he arrived at the residence, he knocked on the door and noticed individuals approaching to open it.
"The mother and son opened the door," he wrote. "I observed blood on the mother's hand and there appeared to be blood on the shirt of the son. The son ... appeared to be sweating and crying. The mother ... appeared to be crying also."
The woman told the officer the two of them were fighting.
After McCarley asked the boy if he had a knife or other weapon and he declined, he asked the teen to step outside. He was checked for weapons, cuffed and paced into McCarley's cruiser.
The boy "stated he did not cut his mother with anything, that he loves her and wouldn't do something like that," McCarley wrote.
The suspect reportedly said he was angry because he dropped a lamp and his mother cane to his room and was yelling at him.
"He stated that they were struggling and during the struggle he accidentally elbowed his mother in the eye," McCarley said.
The boy "seemed to leave out parts of the story and when asked (about it), he stated that he may have a hard time remember(ing) all of what happened while he was angry," the officer said.
The youngster was taken to the station and placed in a holding cell. Authorities contacted a Huron County Juvenile Court probation officer.
An officer, however, "felt as though since the mother wanted (her son) to return home and thought that there would not be any further issues that it would be OK for (the boy) to return home and not place him into custody."
Police recommended a domestic violence charge to juvenile court officials and the boy was released back to his mother.