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Toothbrush As a Weapon

North Los Leones Drive, July 25, 8:45 p.m.

An incorrigible 8-year-old caused bodily harm to his mother with a toothbrush, according to a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.

A sheriff's deputy, arriving at the residence, was welcomed by the mother, who had a swollen lip as well as a large bump and a bleeding wound on her forehead. The deputy made contact with the juvenile subject, but before the deputy could ask any questions, the child stated three times that he "maybe has an anger problem or something." He did not remember how the assault had occurred, but said there had been an argument between him and his mother, possibly the result of him watching "bad TV" such as Power Rangers and The Incredible Hulk.

The child's bedroom, where the incident had occurred, was in extreme disarray, with items from the dresser strewn on the floor. The child admitted pulling out his dresser drawers, making a mess and finally throwing a toothbrush at his mother. The toothbrush was "not a normal toothbrush"--it had a Power Ranger as a handle and weighed significantly more than an average dental-hygiene tool. The reporting deputy surmised that this was the weapon that caused the mother's forehead laceration.

The mother said she thought the incident resulted from her son being bored because he "had not used up his energy."

The boy was transported to the Center for Juvenile Alternatives.


Fight and Flight

South Fickett Ave., July 25, 11:53 p.m.

Two men got into a dramatic, physical fight apparently started over past-due library books, a PCSD report said.

According to the reportee of the incident, his live-in partner was getting ready for a trip to Tijuana for a family reunion. The reportee admitted he was upset about his loved one's upcoming absence, but said he had been helping him pack anyway.

When he brought up some library books that needed to be returned, however, his partner reportedly became enraged, and a minor verbal argument turned into a brawl. The subject allegedly pushed the reportee to the ground, jumped on him, punched a hole in the wall and threatened him with a bar of some sort. Soon, the subject reportedly seemed to calm down, but a short while later, he was brandishing a foot-long screwdriver and chasing the reportee around their house.

The subject admitted getting upset over the library books, wrestling with his partner and punching a hole in the wall; however, he denied that the screwdriver found in his pocket had been used to threaten anyone. He was just carrying it around, he said.

Deputies determined that the subject should be arrested. He declared that when he got back from Tijuana, he would not be living with the reportee anymore.

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