Mom Allegedly Hits Children On Flight

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An air passenger accused of repeatedly hitting her two young children on a Frontier Airlines flight was returned to jail after a brief hearing Friday.

The airline defended the way its crews handled the incident.

An FBI affidavit alleged that 38-year-old Tamera Jo Freeman hit and cursed at her children and assaulted and intimidated a flight attendant who intervened during a flight from San Francisco to Denver on Monday.

She was arrested when the plane landed plan and is being held for investigation of interference with a flight crew and assault on children.

A judge said she would remain in custody until another hearing next week.

Her 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son have been placed in the custody of family members in California.

Freeman's hometown wasn't released, and her court-appointed attorney, Martha Eskesen, declined to comment outside the courtroom Friday.

Freeman, a petite woman with long, light-brown hair, was shackled and wearing a gray and white jail uniform in court.

She sat silently beside Eskesen, who had been assigned the case earlier in the day.

The FBI affidavit said Freeman told an investigator she "lost it" and slapped her children during the flight because they were fighting over the window shade and because her daughter had spilled a drink.

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  • by Sandie Location: Alaska on Jul 23, 2007 at 04:47 PM
    Now I am a bit confused... a few months ago a mother was kicked off of a flight for not controlling her children and their was a public outcry that the woman should have beat the childs butt and handled the situation and everybody thanked the Airlines for kicking the women off the flight. Now it appears this women is being arrested for trying to keep her children under control on the flight. Yes tis appears to have been a little more excessive but come on people.. MAKE UP YOUR MIND!
  • by Vicky Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 22, 2007 at 07:42 AM
    It had to be very upsetting to passengers nearby to see young chilren slapped and talked to so negatively. I would have been the first to recommend the mom be taken into custody. Hope she is given a re-parenting plan and opportunity to learn how to care, love and nurture her children. Until then...children learn how to be and need community support...
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