A child custody dispute in San Pedro, California turned violent when a mother refused to return her 5-year-old son to his foster parents after a visitation. Mysa Scott, the mother, was captured on newly released body camera footage expressing distress but refusing to comply with questions regarding her son’s legal guardian.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) was called to the scene and contacted the Department of Children and Family Services, who confirmed that Scott did not have custody of her son. The officers used this opportunity to peacefully transfer the child out of the U-Haul pickup truck Scott was driving.
However, instead of leaving the scene, Scott turned the truck around and intentionally rammed into the foster mother, narrowly missing an officer. Another angle of the incident shows an officer running towards the careening truck and attempting to stop it by using his gun.
This led to a pursuit, with Scott eventually crashing into a tree on Pacific Avenue in Paseo Del Mar. The 39-year-old from Los Angeles was treated at a hospital for her injuries and subsequently arrested. She now faces charges of attempted murder, felony evasion, and assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.
The foster mother, who was injured in the incident, is expected to recover. The officer involved in the shooting was unharmed. The incident is currently under investigation to determine the accuracy of the officer’s actions and whether the use of force was justified.