Johnson Co. police: Drunk mom arrested with 5-week-old in car

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) – Police said the mother of a 5-week-old baby was arrested after she beat the baby’s father while he was driving in Johnson County early Tuesday morning.

Johnson County police said they received a call about a possibly impaired driver near SR 44 and Centerline Road. The caller told police the driver was swerving all over the road and had run several stop lights and stop signs.

When an officer spotted the car driving on CR 50 West, he saw that the passenger side door was hanging wide open. The officer pulled the car over on CR 25 West, just south of CR 600 South.

According to the affidavit for probable cause, when the officer approached the car, he saw a man in the driver’s seat and a woman in the passenger’s seat, along with an infant in a car seat that was sitting sideways in the middle of the front seat.

The driver immediately told police that Tesa Teltoe, 39, of Franklin, was very drunk and had scratched him and pulled his hair while he was driving her and the baby. The officer said he saw fresh scratch marks on the man’s arm and face.

The man said he went to pick up Teltoe and his infant in Greenwood from a friend’s apartment. On the way home, Teltoe apparently started screaming and beating him.

Teltoe told the officer the man had kidnapped her, but she could not provide an answer for why she didn’t scream out for help when police pulled the car over. The officer said Teltoe smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on her feet.

According to the probable cause, Teltoe then started yelling at the officer. When he tried to place her in handcuffs, she started cursing at the officer and calling him names.

While the officer was driving Teltoe to the Johnson County Jail, she called him a “corrupt cop” and cursed at him more.

Teltoe was preliminarily charged with domestic battery in the presence of a child and public intoxication.

Police said the baby was released to his father. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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