Like Swiss army knives, children have 101 uses. The mother of a 6-month-old boy just discovered number 102: using your baby as a blunt object to beat a recalcitrant boyfriend into submission.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that 18-year-old Tatyana Allen of Orlando became impatient with the man, who also happens to be the baby’s father, when he refused to accompany her to the bathroom. Allen picked up the child and began swinging him like a baseball bat, repeatedly striking her beau.
She then dropped the baby facedown in the sand, like a spent gun wrapper.
Police were called to the scene and arrested Allen, who was subsequently charged with battery and infliction of physical/mental injury on a child. She is being held on $30,000 bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail.
Witnesses told beach investigators that they saw Allen walk up to her boyfriend, the baby’s father, and punch him several times in the face. Allen then grabbed her baby as a weapon and swung him … at her boyfriend….
“She just beat her like 3-month-old baby, if that, against her boyfriend and threw him in the sand facedown,” a caller told a 9-1-1 dispatcher. “The baby was screaming. It was facedown in the sand, it can’t hold its head up.”
The caller said Allen smacked the baby, which was covered in sand.
Another witness told authorities that the baby’s head also struck a railing as Allen climbed the steps to the boardwalk.
The child was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for evaluation and is not hurt, said Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Capt. Tammy Marris on Tuesday.
There is no word on whether children’s services were called in.