Passengers Confront Mom Accused Of Hitting Infant On Crowded MBTA Bus

BOSTON (CBS) – A young mother from Boston is accused of punching her infant son in the mouth on a crowded MBTA bus.

MBTA police said they were called to the number 23 bus Tuesday around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Warren and Brunswick Streets.

According to the police report, a “hostile crowd” was “circled around” 25-year-old Erica Ryan and her one-year-old son.

An officer separated Ryan and her son from the crowd, but she ran away, shouting “No one is going to take away my baby!”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

The officer caught up to her, but she was still screaming “No one is going to take away my baby!”

The officer calmed her down and asked her what happened on the bus.

Ryan, according to the police report, said she was trying to feed her baby on the crowded bus when her hand slipped and she “hit him in the mouth.”

In the report, the officer noted that there was dry blood around the child’s mouth and he appeared to have been crying.

Other officers arrived and spoke to passengers who insisted Ryan hit her son “with a closed fist in the mouth,” the report stated.

The group also said Ryan was swearing at her son while she was trying to feed him. They claim when the child refused to eat, she punched him in the mouth.

According to the police report, the group of passengers approached her and she allegedly became irate and told them “no one will tell me how to be a parent.”

Ryan was arrested and charged with domestic assault and battery.

She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Wednesday in Roxbury District Court.

She was ordered held on $500 bail and ordered to stay away from her son, who was treated at Boston Medical Center . The boy is now in the custody of his grandfather.


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