Published: Thursday, October 11, 2007
Unruly teen's mother is charged
The girl attacked a pregnant neighbor, police said.
YOUNGSTOWN The mother of a 13-year-old girl who police said hits teachers and neighbors has been charged with violating parental responsibility.
Malitsa Santiago, 29, of Shehy Street was arraigned on the charge Wednesday in municipal court. She will be back in court Nov. 15 for a pretrial. If convicted, she faces up to 90 days in jail and $750 fine.
The build-up to the charge began Monday.
Patrolmen John Hull II and Pedro Bonilla, after checking out a fight call that involved the 13-year-old girl, went to Santiago's home. She told them she is unable to control her daughter, and police won't control the teenager.
Hull, in his report, said he listened to "one excuse after another" about why it's not the mother's fault that her daughter is out of control but how the system is at fault for not locking the girl up.
Santiago said the girl was arrested for stealing on their last trip to Wal-Mart.
Hull noted the girl has been arrested twice for assaulting a teacher. He said police have received 10 calls this year to go to the Santiago residence for the girl fighting with family "not counting all the calls from neighbors." He said police were called 10 times in 2006 to the Santiago residence.
Santiago was warned Monday that she would be arrested if she did not control her child.
On Tuesday afternoon, Hull and Bonilla were dispatched again to Santiago's home. A pregnant neighbor told the officers that the girl charged over and began hitting, yelling "I'm going to beat this fat b----."
When the fight was over, the pregnant woman's 1-year-old daughter was upset and screaming, police said.
Then, the 13-year-old tried to force her way into the neighbor's house, while the woman was holding her daughter at the door, and the teenager had to be pulled away by the husband, reports show.
The neighbor's husband took the girl home and turned her over to her 52-year-old grandmother. Police said the grandmother confirmed what the pregnant neighbor said happened.
Hull and Bonilla arrested the seventh-grader on charges of aggravated burglary and child endangering and took her to the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center. The officers said the victim had red marks and scratches on both biceps and right cheek.
The girl's mother was at work so the officers returned to the house around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. They issued a citation to Santiago charging her with violating parental responsibility.
Earlier Tuesday, while at Odyssey School, Santiago's daughter threatened to "have the school knocked down" and called the 911 Center and hung up, reports show. The girl was released to her grandfather and sent home. The incident was referred to the police department's juvenile division.