Here’s a woman who won’t be winning “Mother of the Year” anytime soon. A New Mexico woman named Sophia Lawson is in custody following a family dispute that saw her turn pepper spray on a mother and a 1-year-old infant, and threaten an 11- and 12-year-old child with a broken broom handle.
According to the Dona Anna Sheriff’s Department, the 32-year-old Lawson was engaged in an argument with her boyfriend’s niece while at her boyfriend’s house. The argument turned into a physical altercation, and the niece confirmed both women had been drinking prior. Immediately after the fight, Lawson reportedly went to her room to grab a can of pepper spray, which she intended to use on the niece. However, Lawson missed, and turned on the niece’s mother — her boyfriend’s aunt — and the one-year-old that the mother was carrying.
Despite the mother telling Lawson “No, I have the baby,” Lawson fired anyway, hitting both with the pepper spray. Both were injured, according to the police. Lawson then grabbed a broken broom handle and threatened two other children present with it, ages 11 and 12.
Investigators arrested Lawson and charged her with three counts of felony child abuse. She was take to the county detention center, with bail set at $10,000.
Lawson’s two-year-old son, who was present the whole time, has since been taken into protective custody.