Colorado mother accused of beating son on flight to Salt Lake City

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- A 46-year-old Colorado mother being held in Davis County jail after she was accused of assaulting her son during a flight from Boston to Salt Lake City.

On Monday a federal complaint was filed in U.S. District court against the woman, Cherice Dawn Klipfel. The complaint states a passenger on the JetBlue Airways flight observed Klipfel strike, slap, or kicker her son at least a dozen times during the flight.

The witness says her behavior was “absolutely not parenting but abuse and assault”. At one point, the witness said Klipfel, who was in the center seat, grabbed her son by the neck and violently shoved his head back.

The complaint says two other passengers saw Klipfel tightly cover her son’s face with a coat and “shake him aggressively”. During the flight witnesses say the young boy was crying and pleading for her to stop.

A detention hearing is scheduled Wednesday for Klipfel.

If you suspect child abuse or neglect is occurring, call the Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline 855.323.3237.

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