Police: Woman hit officer for trying to take her children away

Posted at: 08/07/2014 10:37 AM
Updated at: 08/07/2014 11:03 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

An Albuquerque woman is facing a felony charge after police said she hit an officer who was trying to take her children into CYFD custody.

According to the criminal complaint, the state's Children, Youth and Families Department requested for the officer to investigate a report of unsafe living conditions and possible neglect of two children at an apartment on Columbia Drive Southeast.

The officer said he observed the living conditions and a fairly bad diaper rash on the youngest child. He then contacted CYFD and advised her that the children were going to be put on a 48-hour hold.

Familar reportedly became angry and started cursing at the officer and two CYFD workers who were present in the apartment. According to the complaint, Familar approached the officer in an "angry manner," so he put his left hand on her arm and told her not to come at him like that.

The officer said Familar hit him in the arm and then grabbed her children. She put the youngest child behind her on the couch.

In an attempt to get her off of the child, the officer grabbed the mother's arm, but he said she continued to resist. The officer thought she was squishing the child.

Eventually, the two CYFD workers got the children away and took them out of the apartment.

The officer called for backup as he struggled to get Familar off the couch. She claimed she was 38 weeks pregnant.

The officer then pulled her onto the floor and put her into handcuffs while she was on her side.

Familar was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center on a charge of battery on a peace officer.