Mitchell mother arrested after backhanding daughter in the nose

MITCHELL – A Mitchell woman was arrested on a domestic battery after Mitchell Police officers were called to Persimmon Park Apartments early Saturday morning.

Erica Carlson

Police arrested 39-year-old Erica Carlson.

 An officer arrived at 3:55 a.m. after receiving a 911 call hang up. A dispatcher called the number back and a 17-year-old reported it was a misunderstanding. The officer was following up on the call.

The officer spoke to Carlson who told police her 17-year-old daughter had kicked her so she “backhanded” her and accidentally bloodied her  nose. 

Police say Carlson had been drinking.

The officer then spoke to the daughter, who was holding a bloody paper towel to her nose. She told the officer she was sitting on the couch with her female friend and her mom. Her mom then began yelling at her. 

The daughter told police her mom only yells at her when she is “tipsy,” or “on something.” 

The daughter said Carlson thought she was being argumentative and struck her in the face with a closed fist. 

She then kicked her mother in the hip area to get her off of her. She then walked to the bathroom to tend to her bloody nose. Her mom followed her and then began pulling her by the hair and threw her into the bathtub.

Police found blood in the bathroom floor and in the bathtub.

The daughter then went into her bedroom and dialed 911 but she got scared and hung up. The dispatcher called back but she was too afraid to say anything.

The daughter refused to sign a statement. 

The other teen stated she witnessed her friend get punched in the nose, she walked into the bedroom and then the injured girl went into the bathroom to clean up. She told police she saw Carlson go into the bathroom and then heard her friend scream but didn’t see what happened in the bathroom. 

The friend signed a statement.

Police arrested Carlson on a charge of domestic battery. She performed a portable breath test and blew 0.128.

The Department of Child Services was contacted.