A principal in New Mexico who once appeared on AMC’s “Better Call Saul” was arrested for domestic violence over the weekend after an argument with her fiancé and his son allegedly turned physical.
Annittra Atler, a special education principal for Albuquerque Public Schools and winner of the 2015 Ms. Woman United States pageant, was arrested and charged with two counts of battery and domestic violence, local news outlet KRQE reports.
Atler and her fiancé reportedly got into an argument after the fiancé found Atler’s son looking at pornography on Atler’s work computer, according to the outlet. The fiancé claimed that Atler physically assaulted him and caused a bruise on his arm, while his son claimed that Atler slapped him in the face when he attempted to stop the fight between Atler and his father, according to a criminal complaint obtained by KRQE.
The fiancé, identified by the New York Post as Patrick Ficke, told authorities that Atler “beat him up” during a fight in their bedroom, prompting her arrest on Sunday, according to the outlet. Ficke said that he, feeling “upset at the situation,” told Atler that her son was “acting stupid,” at which point Atler began pushing him, the Post reports. Atler, meanwhile, told police that she and Ficke drank wine during dinner and got into an argument over finding pornography on her work computer after her son used it, but denied that the argument grew violent, according to the outlet. She reportedly also denied hitting Ficke’s son, but claimed that the boy disrespected her by calling her a “monster.”
Atler was released from custody on Monday, online jail records show. In the wake of her arrest, she has been placed on administrative leave, a spokeswoman for Albuquerque Public Schools confirmed to the New York Post.
Atler’s IMDB page lists only one credit: a 2016 role as “Dale’s Wife” on “Better Call Saul.”
Atler took home the Ms. Woman United States title in 2015 and spoke in support of making sure children have access to nutritious food, according to KRQE.
[Photo: Bernalillo County Detention Center]
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