A 25-year-old mother of two is in custody after allegedly biting her 5-year-old son on his arms and face and kicking him out of their northeast Brainerd home Wednesday night.
Brainerd police officers were informed of the alleged child abuse after a neighbor called 911 about 8:55 p.m. to report a child came to the door in distress and had obviously been injured.
Cody Lee Larson was arrested for third-degree assault and malicious punishment of a child. She is being held in the Crow Wing County Jail pending formal criminal charges from the county attorney's office, which are expected Friday.
The 5-year-old was treated at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd and released. He and a 3-year-old sibling were placed in police protective custody.
Brainerd Police Chief John Bolduc said the child apparently wandered to a neighbor's home after he was assaulted and kicked out of his own house. The child had suffered bite wounds to his arms and face, which caused obvious injuries. The boy was doing OK Thursday, Bolduc said.
Bolduc said biting is rare but not unheard of in cases involving assault between a parent and a child.
"It's terribly sad when a child is a victim of a crime, especially when it is alleged his own mother harmed the child," Bolduc said.
Larson's criminal history includes past charges for child endangerment and assault in Mille Lacs County, according to court records.
In August of 2006, Larson was charged in Mille Lacs County with felony third-degree assault, gross misdemeanor child endangerment, gross misdemeanor obstruction of the legal process and misdemeanor fourth-degree property damage.
While those charges were pending in Mille Lacs County District Court, Larson was charged in September of 2006 in Mille Lacs County with felony third-degree assault resulting in substantial bodily harm, two counts of felony fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, gross misdemeanor child endangerment, gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, gross misdemeanor obstruction of justice and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
In 2007 she pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor child endangerment and misdemeanor fourth-degree property damage in the August 2006 case and gross misdemeanor fourth-degree assault of a peace officer in the September 2006 case. For the cases, which were sentenced concurrently, she was sentenced to 30 days jail and placed on two years supervised probation.
In October, Larson was charged with theft of a motor vehicle and was sentenced to 20 days jail and placed on five years supervised probation. She also is being held in the Crow Wing County Jail for violating the conditions of her probation.
Larson also has previously been charged with several misdemeanor traffic violations in Aitkin, Crow Wing, Polk and Rice counties, including speeding, exhibition driving, driving after her license was revoked, not wearing a seat belt and possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
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