Minnesota – Shoeless 9 yr old runs to school in PJs to ask for help
St. Paul, Minnesota – At about 3:40 pm on Wednesday, a 9 year old boy ran to his school barefooted while dressed in his pajamas to beg for help. “My mom is trying to kill me! Don’t let me go back to her!” the boy screamed hysterically.
Shortly after the boy arrived at the school, the principal told authorities that the mother, Tashay Caprice Johnson, 24, chased after him, yelling “I’m going to kill you!” The principal blocked her from entering the school until authorities were called. The school reportedly called police at 4 pm.
The child had a swelling on the side of his head, belt marks on his left arm, and scratches near his left eye and on his neck. The stepmother allegedly hit him with a baseball bat.
A teacher from the school, Dayton’s Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary, had taken the young boy home earlier in the day to address some behavioral issues. As soon as the teacher left, according to a news report from KREM,
Johnson allegedly told him he was going to get a “whooping” and then hit him in the head with a baseball bat. The boy said his stepmother then hit him in the face with her fist and struck him on the arm with a gold belt. According to the charges, she also told the boy, “I’m going to grab the gun and kill you.”…
When officers spoke to Johnson at her home, she told them she never hit the boy. Police later found the baseball bat and arrested Johnson. The boy’s father then jumped up and said, “I whoop that kid but it doesn’t do any good,” according to the charges.
Johnson has been charged with terroristic threats and malicious punishment of a child.
The charges were filed Friday. The mother was released from jail, under the condition that she have no contact with her stepson. He is in protective custody.