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A Texas mother landed herself behind bars after allegedly holding her young son over the balcony of a third-story apartment as a form of discipline while he cried "don't drop me."
Desirae Marie Korus, 25, is accused of threatening to drop the child over the balcony’s ledge for misbehaving, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by KSAT-TV.
An undercover DEA agent, conducting surveillance in an unmarked car, reportedly observed the horrifying scene, which unfolded on the 9300 block of Somerset Road in San Antonio’s south end. He allegedly first heard a woman yelling and crying and later saw Korus drag her young son onto the balcony to “scold” him, according to the arrest affidavit.
“Are you going to touch that again?” Korus allegedly asked her son, as she held him 35 feet above the ground, according to the arrest affidavit, mySA.com reported.
The petrified boy, whom authorities estimated was between the ages of 3 and 4 years old, was “nearly unintelligible,” as he frantically screamed and begged for his mother to put him down.
“Don't drop me, no, no I won't do it again," he told her, according to the affidavit.
Korus eventually released the child and allowed him to re-enter the apartment, authorities said. The federal agent, who entered the apartment complex and retrieved Korus’ unit number, later tipped off local authorities to the alleged incident. San Antonio Police, who arrived roughly 15 minutes later, were forced to leave the premises after they were unable to gain entry to the apartment. Korus, investigators said, refused to come to the door.
However, she was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of felony child endangerment with risk of bodily harm, court records obtained by Oxygen.com show.
Korus was taken into custody and booked into a Bexar County jailhouse, according to jail records. She’s since posted a $20,000 bond and has been released, pending trial. The 25-year-old mother appeared before a district judge via teleconference on Thursday, according to the Bexar County District Clerk’s Office.
She hasn’t been officially charged; her case is still in the pre-indictment phase.
Bexar County prosecutors declined to comment to Oxygen.com on the ongoing investigation this week.
Costa Mirada, the San Antonio apartment complex where the incident occurred, also refused comment when contacted by Oxygen.com.
In 2012, Korus was charged with misdemeanor theft, court records show. That appears to be the extent of her criminal history.
Alma Benavides, the Texas woman’s court-appointed attorney, didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment on Friday.
Korus has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for Jan. 5, according to online court records.
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