Boy, 16, Punches, Drags His Mom, Police Say

The teen wanted money from his disability check, which the mother refused to turn over.


When Niles police responded to a domestic dispute just before 3:40 p.m.Oct. 3 in the 7700 block of Nordica, they found a 16-year-old sitting outside on the front stair. He had no shirt on, a small cut on his face next to his eye and scratches on his right hand, police said.

He told police he and his mother, 34, got into a fight because she refused to give him the money from his disability check. A verbal argument turned physical, and he punched his mother on the right side of her face, according to police, causing it to swell up. He then dragged his mom across the floor, which left a small rug-burn type of bruise on her right knee, according to the report. Police photographed the injuries.

The mother said she had to defend herself and fight back, the report said. She threw some of his clothes down the stairs, which caused him to become more upset, police said, and he began punching the walls, leaving indentations in the drywall, which caused the scratches on his hand.

Police took the teen into custody and a juvenile officer spoke with Cook County Juvenile screening just after 4:15 p.m. and she advised the teen could be released to a family member with the understanding he goes to court the following day. He was released to the custody of his aunt in Evanston, and had a court date the following day. Police gave the mother an Illinois Domestic Violence Form Sheet. 

Information is taken from Niles Police Department reports.

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CK October 08, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Let's see. Some school will probably send 8 counselors to talk to him, recommend anger management, punish the parent for exerting her rights over this poor boy, arrange for special guidance for his schoolmates who are under duress for his mother's treatment of him, and maybe provide him with a car so he can escape her alleged brutality. If it were my son...none of the above would be needed.
Jacki October 08, 2012 at 06:34 PM
It is funny how people always think "if it were my son this would not happen"..that is not always the case. Kids now a days are mean down right MEAN!!!
CK October 08, 2012 at 07:04 PM
"if it were my son this would not happen" means that he was raised better AND that he knows the consequence of such behavior. Kids are mean today becuase of the useless video games which make them think they can take on anybody and win!
KamE October 08, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Where are the fathers??? face it; America is a fatherless country. Even when they are present, they are not involved with raising good citizens. This is the cancer of our society.
rebecca corona October 08, 2012 at 07:28 PM
if my son punched me, id knock his ass out! hell think twice the next time he raises his hand to me!
Gregg Baker October 09, 2012 at 04:54 AM
So we see this kids life now. But what will both he and we see in the future? This doesn't look like one of those movies that ends happily. I am saddened for the mother and the child. This could have all been prevented if only he hadn't received a disability check. Then there would be no money about which to argue.
lisa October 09, 2012 at 10:54 AM
You people all have your heads up your asses....you know nothing about these people or this situation. If you can do basic math, you could see that the mother is only 18 years older than her son. Teen parents do not typically lead the most stable lives (sometimes attributed to their own shaky upbringing). Perhaps this boy has been exposed to violence, poor behavior, etc. Maybe he was abused by his mother when he was small and this was the first time he could fight back? You just don't know. I think any time I hear a story like this, it's sad for the mom and son. I have a lot of sympathy for people caught in viscious cycles of domestic abuse.
Lorrie Logan October 09, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Not under my watch would this have happened in my house. The moment my son would think to raise his hand to me, I would have been calling the police to my house to come get me now because I'm going to break his neck. Children have lost respect for adults that don't demand respect or show respect.
veggievivie@live.com October 09, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Well said lisa...children do not raise themselves. Ultimately, one reaps what one sows. Although age is not an identifier of whether someone will raise a stable or unstable child, it's probable that this woman did not provide the right structure and upbringing for this young man. You're also probably correct in your assertion that violence begets violence. He had to learn it from somewhere.
veggievivie@live.com October 09, 2012 at 02:17 PM
That's assuming you're able to match the strength of an enraged testosterone-fueled 16yr old male. Let me know how that works out for you, if it should ever come to pass
Pootsie October 09, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Thank goodness I have spent 30+ years in Martial Arts...I have Kick Boxed, and have won numerous metals, in the art of fighting. I also, have always demanded respect. My son started to raise his hand at me, when he was 16...I told him that I would break his arm & he knew I meant it. Never had another problem with that. He was a little mouthy during his teens...but never another hint of becoming physical.
Orlando Nitts October 10, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Hey Lisa, "Maybe this" and "Perhaps that".... Maybe you are full of SH!t
Average Joe October 10, 2012 at 06:16 PM
My wife and I work with our kids on a daily basis, from helping with homework and them having chores around the house on a weekly basis. Being a parent is a 24x7 job, my daughter is graduating High School early and going to Nursing school, my son is in High School and has intentions on being a Marine. Being there for a kid their entire life is key, if you let them do what they want in this world, things like this happen! Parents are to blame to a point but it is always the childs decision to be a dirtbag!
Juanita Gutierrez October 11, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Hey Average Joe. I'm with you 100% on it's an adolescent's decision to want to be a dirtbag!
James jones October 13, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Video games? Really? I think you can find better reasons for the degrading behavior of the younger generations. How about some original thoughts or ideas instead of the minutia your leaving on forums like this.


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