Daily News reports:
An Indiana mother is facing battery charges after she allegedly beat her two sons – one of whom has a mental disability – for opening their Christmas presents early, according to court documents.
Sascha Collins, 36, of Greenfield, Ind., is facing two counts of battery after she told detectives that she “went overboard” when she punished her two sons – ages 7 and 9 – for unwrapping presents that were hidden in her closet, court documents obtained by the Greenfield Daily Reporter showed.
“The children had bruises and marks all over them,” acting Police Chief Derek Towle told NBC2. “We try to see that it was just a kid’s excitement and that’s what we want for them, to have excitement around Christmas time.”
The boys’ teen sister told police that she found them Sunday morning crying and with markings on their bodies. She also said that Collins had been drinking and snorting hydrocodone the night before the incident, according to court documents.
The girl added that Collins stormed all over the house ranting that she had “the worst kids ever” and that they were “ungrateful.”
Prosecutors say Collins flung the boys against the wall, beat them with a belt and even bit them. The victims didn’t require medical attention but said they were afraid to return home, the documents stated.
Collins’ lawyer, Christopher Isom, told the Daily News that he could not comment on the case.
Collins admitted to police that she excessively spanked them, but didn’t remember the situation in its entirety. She recalled that she “just lost it” when she woke up Sunday morning to find her home destroyed and scattered with presents, according to court documents.
She also said the bruises on the boys’ bodies weren’t all caused by her and that it resulted from them fighting one another, court documents stated.
If convicted, Collins could face 12 years in prison.