, Salem, MA

August 21, 2013

Police: Salem mom hit son with frying pan

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — Police say a Harrison Avenue woman was arrested Monday afternoon after she struck her 16-year-old son with a frying pan — and that the boy’s father was also taken into custody after he tried to flee from police.

Michelle A. Cote, 40, of 5 Harrison Ave., Salem, was arrested on a charge of assault and battery by dangerous weapon.

Also arrested was Kenneth Devaney, 36, of the same address, on a charge of resisting arrest and an outstanding warrant.

Police responded to the couple’s address after a 5:39 p.m. report of a mother-son dispute and determined Cote had struck her son in the leg with the pan, said Sgt. Andrew Dacy.

As police were on scene, Devaney ran out the residence’s back door, apparently trying to avoid officers because he was the subject of a warrant, Dacy said.

Police said the boy was briefly hospitalized for an evaluation but did not suffer any serious injuries during the incident. He was later released into the custody of the Department of Children and Families.