Baby Recovering After Being Tossed Onto Car

Mother charged with aggravated assault on a child, domestic violence


Police say a baby is recovering well after its mother threw it onto the hood of a vehicle during a domestic dispute Wednesday evening.

After a nearly 12-hour search, Ashley Arellano was arrested at Payson Regional Medical Center on charges of aggravated assault on a child and domestic violence.

Arellano’s arrest was one of four domestic violence-related arrests in a 24-hour period. Two men and one woman were also arrested in separate incidents.

“We had three domestic violence calls going at one time,” Payson Police Chief Don Engler said, making for a taxing Thursday morning.

Police say about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Arellano and her 1-year-old daughter were near Payson High School. Arellano’s ex-boyfriend and father of the child, Richard Pfister, arrived, picked the pair up and was driving them to the home of Arellano’s father on West Rocky Road when a domestic dispute erupted, Engler said.

Engler did not know what Arellano and Pfister were fighting about, but at some point, Pfister told police Arellano assaulted him, scratching his arms.

When Arellano and Pfister arrived at the home of Arellano’s father, the dispute continued, with “pushing and shoving going back and forth,” Engler said.

At some point, Arellano had the baby in her arms and threw it onto the hood of the vehicle with the back of the baby’s head striking the hood.

“At that point, we got calls” from Pfister, Engler said.

By the time officers arrived, Arellano had fled the area on foot, leaving the baby behind with Pfister.

The baby was transported to the hospital and monitored throughout the night. So far, doctors have found no sign of serious injuries, Engler said.

Officers looked for Arellano throughout the night. At 9 a.m. Thursday, Arellano arrived at the hospital to check on the baby and was arrested by officers.

Domestic violence calls

While officers arrested Arellano, they had three other domestic violence calls going on simultaneously.

About 9:20 a.m., Carl Donald Andren, 33, and Alyssa Marie Andren were arrested on domestic violence/assault charges on West Wagon Wheel Trail after allegedly getting in a “mutual combat situation,” Engler said.

An hour later, Michael L. Healey, 45, was arrested on domestic violence/assault charges for an incident in the 200 block of North Budweiser Circle.


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