Police: Woman shoved boy’s head in dresser

Ashley F. Berlin, 23, is pictured in her jail booking photo. (Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. May 7, 2013).
Ashley F. Berlin, 23, is pictured in her jail booking photo. (Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. May 7, 2013).

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Prosecutors have filed criminal charges against a 23-year-old woman who is accused of violently scratching and shoving a 7-year-old boy’s head in a dresser.

Ashley F. Berlin was arrested Friday by officers with the Multnomah County Child Abuse Team, court records show. The alleged abuse is suspected of occurring on April 16, 2013.

The boy, who is known to the suspect, told doctors at a child abuse assessment center, that Berlin got mad when he didn’t finish folding clothes, a court affidavit states. Berlin has acted as the primary caretaker of the boy, officials said.

Berlin grabbed the boy’s neck and shoved his head into an open dresser, Deputy District Attorney Chuck Mickley wrote in his affidavit.

When questioned by detectives, Berlin told police that when the boy didn’t do as he was told, she grabbed his neck but didn’t realize how sharp her nails were, court documents state.

Officials said the boy’s neck was badly scratched.

Berlin told police the injuries to the boy’s neck were likely caused while he was at a wrestling match. Mickley wrote in his report that Detective Walker spoke with the child’s wrestling coaches who stated that the injuries were not consistent with the sport.

One of the boy’s coach said when he saw the scratches, he asked what happened and the boy identified Berlin as the source of injuries, Mickley states in court records.

Berlin is charged with one count of first-degree criminal mistreatment and one count of third-degree assault.

She has been released on bail.

A grand jury is expected to review evidence in the case. Her next court date is May 17.

The case originated after an anonymous tip was reported to the Child Abuse hotline.

— Brent Weisberg

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