Staff Reports - GREENFIELD, Ind. (WISH) - A Greenfield mother is facing felony battery charged. She's accused of beating her two children who opened their Christmas presents early, according to court documents.
Police say Collins hit her seven and nine year old sons with a belt buckle, threw them against the wall, and bit one of them. They say the children had bruises and marks.
It happened Sunday at a home on Runnymede Drive. Police say the boy's teenage sister came home to find them injured. She removed them from the home and called for help.
"When we see these types of things happen it breaks our hearts knowing that this is going on. We try to see that it was just a kid's excitement and that is what we want for them to have, excitement around Christmas time," said Derek Towle, acting chief for Greenfield Police.
According to court documents, in an interview with police Collins called her children "disrespectful and out of control." She says she spanked them and knows she "went overboard." She also told police she doesn't remember everything because she "just lost it."
"I was wondering what the kids were going through and how they felt and how scared they were. That was the big thing… they are defenseless. They are little kids," said Buffy Lutz, a neighbor.
Lutz says she doesn't know Collins or her family but can't imagine how anyone could harm a child like that.
"Christmas gifts, whose kids don't want to open Christmas gifts early. Mine did," said Lutz.
Police interviewed the older sister of the boys. She told officers she found her brothers crying with marks on their body from where their mom had hit them with a belt. She said on Dec. 17 she went with Christmas shopping with Collins and a friend. After shopping, the three of them went home, wrapped the presents and then Collins put the presents in her closet, court documents state.