Minnesota woman arrested for pushing baby down stairs
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis mother is under arrest after police said she pushed her infant down the stairs at a light rail station during an argument with the boyâ€™s father.
Police said they are holding Lisa Marie Martin, 26, on assault and child endangerment charges.
According to the criminal complaint, the confrontation began at about 8:20 p.m. at the Lake Street light rail station on Wednesday.
Paramedics were called after an officer took the 4-month-old boy, who immediately vomited on the officerâ€™s shoulder. The child was taken to a nearby hospital with visible scratches on his cheek and thigh, and he is still being evaluated.
Officers were called to the platform after a fight was reported. Upon arrival, police said they found a man with a bloodied nose and a small crowd yelling at the parents.
According to the criminal complaint, the father told officers he had had an argument with Martin and began walking away from her. When he did so, she followed carrying the boy in a stroller, and when he did not stop, she pushed the child and stroller down the stairs toward him, the complaint alleges.
Before the stroller reached the father, it tipped and the baby fell onto the concrete stairs, police said. However, instead of rushing to care for the boy, police said Martin began punching the father.
Several witnesses saw the event, and one told officers that just before Martin pushed the stroller down the stairs, she shouted, â€œIâ€™m gonna push this one down the steps! Iâ€™m pregnant again!â€
Martin admitted to officers that she is two months pregnant and had consumed at least five beers before the incident.
Police said Martin also spat at an officer while he was putting her in his squad car and attempting to put a seat belt on her. He was not hit.
Police said that they have surveillance video of the entire incident.