Mother charged with child abuse for dragging her 7-year-old son by the neck and stabbing him with a pen


A West Jordan woman accused of dragging her 7-year-old son by the neck and stabbing him repeatedly with a pen has been charged with felony child abuse.

Whitney Virginia Romero, 28, also faces charges of assault on a police officer, failing to stop for police and interfering with a police officer, all misdemeanors related to the Nov. 10 incident.

According to West Jordan police, they received multiple calls of a woman dragging a boy down the sidewalk along 7800 South. The 7-year-old later told authorities his mother had been “acting scary” — and that she had taken a piece of her hair, lit it on fire, blew it out and placed it on his chest. The boy also said that his mother repeatedly told him to throw up, and when he didn't she forced her fingers down his throat and made him vomit.

Some of the vomit got on the boy’s shirt and sweater, so — according to police — Romero pulled them off and threw them in the road. She then “wrapped her sweater around his neck and started stabbing him with a pen,” according to the probable cause statement.

The boy was stabbed in the neck, shoulder, back, arm and wrist as he told her, “Mom, Mom, it’s me” to get her to stop, but she did not.

When police located Romero, she ignored a command to stop, fled on foot, resisted arrest, spat on an officer and kicked at the inside of the patrol car until she was restrained, according to the court filing.

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