A West Virginia mother was recently charged with child abuse after she allegedly punched her 15-year-old son in the face during an argument over a burrito.
Loretta Lynn Armstrong, 48, was arrested on May 13 after police responded to her Mason Avenue home in Milton on a domestic disturbance call, the Herald-Dispatch.com reported.
Officers spotted Armstrong punching her son over what both parties described as an argument over a burrito, according to the Dispatch.
The 15-year-old had apparently ordered the wrong toppings on his mother’s burrito when he went to a Taco Bell earlier in the day, local television station WCHS reported.
“The mother was hitting her child in the face,” Cpl. Dean Bishop told WCHS.
Armstrong then threw herself to the ground and complained of chest pains when officers tried to handcuff her, according to the Dispatch.
“She screamed and cussed and yelled and claimed she was having a heart attack,” Bishop told WCHS.
Emergency crews performed an EKG and determined she was not having a heart attack before she was eventually taken into custody, the Dispatch reported.
It took officers nearly three hours from the time they arrived at the scene to get Armstrong into custody, according to WCHS.
“There’s a difference between spanking your kid and punching your child in the face,” Bishop told the television station. “There’s no sense in ever getting into an argument like that over a burrito — just let it go.”
Armstrong was charged with felony child abuse and misdemeanor counts of obstruction, intimidating a public official and disorderly conduct.