DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A Daytona Beach mother of two is accused of choking an 11-year-old boy and punching him in the stomach because she was upset he was swearing in front of her children, police said.
Police said the boy had red marks on his body.
Tara Lancuski was arrested and booked into the Volusia County Jail Wednesday on a felony charge.
But Lancuski’s boyfriend, Andrew Peterson, told Channel 9 reporter Mike Springer that he doesn’t believe the accusations.
Peterson said Lancuski might have yelled at the child, but he does not believe she would have physically harmed him.
A police report stated that Lancuski grabbed the boy by the neck and punched him in the stomach.
According to the police report, Lancuski "became upset with (the boy) because he was using profanity around her children" in front of her Phoenix Avenue home.
The report also said Lancuski’s 7-year-old son hit the other child “with foam nunchucks" during the assault.
The child’s grandmother, only identified as Cindy, said her grandson had red marks on his neck and his face was swollen.
“That's abuse, and of a child, you know? It's not right,” Cindy said.
Police records show officers have responded to Lancuski's home three times in 2017 for disturbances.
Also, police said Lancuski’s roommate accused her of getting upset and knocking his hat off when he tried to evict her in September.
Peterson said he has his doubts.
“I think the little boy didn’t want to get in trouble with his mom,” Peterson said.
“Police say he had red marks on his neck,” said Springer.
“I believe that had to do with my 7-year-old and him. (They) had a little scuffle,” Peterson said.
Woman’s bf claims she would never do anything like that and believes the child made it up— Mike Springer WFTV (@mspringerwftv) December 21, 2017
Court records show Lancuski does not have prior arrests in Volusia County.
The Department of Children and Families was not involved in the case and the woman's children remain with her family.
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