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Mom Accused Of Punching Toddler Son On Bus

BOSTON (AP) - Police and witnesses say a mother punched her toddler son in the mouth on a Boston city bus.

Erica Ryan pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Roxbury District Court to an assault and battery charge. A judge set bail at $500.

Transit police say the 25-year-old Ryan punched her 1-year-old son and shouted expletives at him for refusing to eat Tuesday. Police say a "hostile" crowd of passengers then surrounded her until police arrived.

After police arrived, they say she shouted: "No one is going to take my baby!" Police say dried blood was around the baby's mouth. He was treated and is now staying with his grandparents.

Police say Ryan told them her hand slipped and she struck the boy.

Her attorney didn't return a phone message Wednesday.

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