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‘I Hit My Baby’: Indiana Mother Says She Struck Son in Head with Hammer to Avoid Sex Slavery, Court Documents Claim

Indiana Mother Allegedly Hit Son With Hammer to Avoid Sex Slavery: Cops
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Worried about being sold into sex slavery, Indiana mother allegedly hit her son with a hammer and then stabbed herself in the neck.

Oct. 10 2023, Published 4:01 p.m. ET

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An Indiana mother was reportedly worried about getting sold into sex slavery, so she allegedly armed herself with a hammer and hit and severely injured her 10-year-old son before stabbing herself to try and stop it from happening, according to authorities.

On Oct. 3, officers responded to a residence and found 32-year-old Bethany Fleming and her son both suffering from life-threatening injuries, the Fort Wayne Police Department said.

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Both were rushed to an area hospital for treatment. Fleming was later discharged and subsequently arrested in connection with her son's injuries.

According to WANE-TV, Fleming called 911 and said she believed someone was going to sell her and her son into sex slavery, and she “tried to stop it and I hit him in the head with a hammer.”

Court documents state Fleming said she “tried to kill him." She added, according to the legal documents, “I think I killed him, and I stabbed myself.”

During the 911 call, police reportedly could hear Fleming’s son moaning in the background.

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At the scene, responding officers found Fleming standing in the doorway with blood coming out of her neck, telling officers, “I hit my baby,” WANE-TV reported.

Fleming’s son required emergency surgery for a skull fracture and a brain bleed, authorities said.

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Medical staff noted the child's condition was “touch and go,” but officials have not disclosed further information about the young victim's status, WANE-TV reported.

Fleming was booked into the Allen County Jail and she currently faces an attempted murder charge, officials said.

She remains in custody on a $50,000 bond.


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