A two year old child is now safe after two truckers stepped in to help a Texas police officer involved in an altercation with a violent woman at a rest stop.
The incident happened on Sunday night in Salado.
Trucker Tom Parker was getting ready to turn in for the night when he saw a woman running through the rest stop carrying a young child.
Parker says he thought the woman might be fleeing from an attacker, so he got out to help. He soon learned that the woman was instead fleeing from police because she had stabbed her father and bitten her grandmother several times.
The officer told Parker that he needed help with the woman and the two men became involved in a violent struggle with her.
According to Parker, “I pulled her arms away from the baby and got the baby away from her and then she started biting. She bit the officer on the arm and we had to pry her jaws off of his arm. I think she may have been on something because she was a lot stronger than any woman that size would’ve been and she just seemed like she was super strong.”
Another truck driver joined in, and the three men were finally able to restrain the woman so that she could be arrested.
The officer who was bitten received treatment for his injuries, which were not serious. No other injuries were reported.
The woman, 30 year old Virginia Lynn Ewton, was charged with child endangerment, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and assault of a public servant. She is being held on a $175,000 bond.
The child was taken into the care of Child Protective Services.