KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- What started with a dispute over a Minnie Mouse coat ended in a fight between a mother of two and an off-duty police officer at a daycare on Tuesday.
Kelsi Hoem, 22, was charged on Wednesday with assault of a law enforcement officer after allegedly biting, stabbing and nearly hitting the off-duty officer with a fire extinguisher according to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.
The incident began when Hoem went into Sweet Beginnings child care center on North Oak Trafficway with her children, ages two and four. The owner of the daycare, Jessica Sweet, said her kids' care was discontinued last week and Hoem forced her way in through a secure door.
"This was very erratic, crazy behavior," Sweet told FOX 4's Macradee Aegerter.
While inside, Hoem grabbed the Minnie Mouse coat. A probable cause statement indicates another person told her the coat did not belong to her and tried to pull it away. Hoem, while holding her children, pushed and kicked that person in the leg according to the court document. She then left the building.
"Left her children inside without her. Tried to return and the teacher prevented her from returning," Sweet said.
That's when an off-duty officer arrived to pick up her own child, but was asked by staff to escort Hoem away from the building. Hoem's children had been taken to a secure area.
Despite the off-duty officer being identified as law enforcement, Hoem is accused of pushing the officer after she asked Hoem to leave. The off-duty officer then attempted to grab Hoem and they both fell to the ground.
Both Hoem and the officer attempted to subdue one another. Hoem is accused of squeezing the officer's inner right thigh, which prompted the officer to attempt a lateral vascular neck restraint. Hoem then allegedly bit the officer's left arm and scraped her right arm while attempting to stab her with keys.
Hoem is then accused of grabbing a fire extinguisher off of a wall and tried to hit the officer, who was able to block a direct hit with her arm. The probable cause statement indicates the scuffle lasted eight minutes and Hoem continued to resist even after backup officers arrived.
"It was unfortunate what happened, and I'm worried about her children," Sweet said.
The officer reportedly sustained numerous injuries, including scrapes and visible bite marks. During Hoem's interview at KCPD police headquarters she admitted to her role in the incident and initially wrote out an apology, including remorse for the officer's injuries. However, the probable cause statement indicates she recanted that part by crossing out the apology to the officer.
Hoem's charge is a class C felony and if convicted she faces no less than two and no more than seven years in prison, she may also face a fine.
Her bond has been set at $20,000, and she's due to appear in a Clay County courtroom next Monday. As of Wednesday night, Hoem was in custody at the Clay County Detention Center.