A woman was arrested in Florida on Wednesday after placing herself and her young child beneath the wheels of a semi truck during a dispute over payment.
The incident occurred on May 5th in Polk County, Florida.
According to WESH News 2, 30-year-old Angel Button and her husband attempted to pay a moving company for their services with a certified check, but the employee’s could not accept it. In response, Button then laid herself on the ground in front of the semi truck wheels with her 18-month-old child on her lap to prevent the workers from leaving without accepting their payment. Witnesses also say Button pinched the baby in order to make it cry and create a bigger scene.
Eventually, officers were able to coax Button out from beneath the semi truck and remove the child from her possession, but when they attempted to arrest her for endangering the child, she resisted, placed herself back in front of the running semi truck and screamed “I’m not going anywhere.”
A report from the Sheriff’s Office states that Button told deputies she worked as a nurse for Lakeland Regional Health, but her husband later told detectives that she works as a social worker.
Deputies described Button’s husband as acting “reasonably” throughout the incident, and officers were eventually able to take Button into custody.
She is currently being held without bond and is facing charges of child abuse, resisting a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct.
“Placing a child in danger is no way to end a civil disagreement. What was she thinking putting that baby in danger like that?” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. “What this poor child experienced should make us all angry. This should have never happened.”
According to Button’s social media, she graduated from Metropolitan State University in Denver with a child welfare scholar graduation designation.