SAN TAN VALLEY — A 35-year-old San Tan Valley woman is being held in the Pinal County jail on $75,000 bond after she allegedly harmed her son and injured a sheriff’s deputy while in custody.

Molly Carstens was arrested by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office on the morning of April 11 after she was accused of “picking her son up by the throat and throwing him down the hallway,” according to court records. She was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center at 6:20 a.m. the same day

“Deputies transported the defendant to the Pinal County Detention Center. When deputies opened the back door, where the defendant was, the defendant jumped out of the back seat and onto the victim, who is a peace officer in the performance of his duties,” a PCSO probable cause statement reads.

After forcing her to the ground, the deputy sustained scrapes to his forearms and bruises on his knees.

“While the defendant was inside of the jail, she looked at deputies and stated that she was going to kick their asses,” the probable cause statement declares.

Carstens was charged with child abuse, aggravated assault on the child, aggravated assault on the law enforcement officer, second-degree escape and disorderly conduct.


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