Police: NH mom punches officer in face as DCYF attempts to take 3-year-old child
ROCHESTER — A Rochester woman allegedly punched an officer in the face as the Division for Children, Youth and Families took her 3-year-old child as part of a court order.
An officer, along with a representative from DCYF, went to a home on 34 Cross Wind Lane on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. after a court order gave DCYF temporary custody of Cassandra Morton's child. Officers and DCYF planned to let Morton's child stay at the Cross Wind Lane home with grandparents as long as Morton agreed to leave, Capt. Jason Thomas said.
When officials arrived, they noticed a marijuana pipe in plain view within the household, Thomas said. DCYF stated because of the pipe, they had to take the child from the residence.
Morton, 35, then allegedly became combative with the officials.
"She picked up the 3-year-old and would not return the child to DCYF," Thomas said.
She also grabbed the DCYF representative and punched an officer in the face, Thomas said.
Once police got Morton into custody, they allegedly found an undisclosed amount of marijuana on her.
Police charged Morton with simple assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a controlled drug — marijuana, resisting arrest or detention, simple assault, obstructing government administration and endangering the welfare of a child.
Morton had an arraignment Wednesday and received $5,000 personal recognizance and $3,500 cash bail.