A MUM used a hammer to protect her little boy from intruders in a terrifying home invasion – but she was the one who got arrested.
Bethany Leese, 21, was forced to defend her two-year-old son Charlie when four people banged on her door in the middle of the night.
Bethany used a hammer to protect her babyCredit: BPM
The young mum said a woman had threatened her child before getting drunk and storming into her house.
Bethany was terrified the intruder was going to hurt little Charlie and ‘instinctively’ picked up to defend him.
She told Stoke On Trent Live: “She said stuff like ‘watch what I’ll do to Charlie, I’ll come and splatter him all over the road’.
“I didn’t think anything of it at that point.
“Then she turned up and all sorts went through my head and I thought ‘oh my God, I think they are here to follow through with the threats’.
“She was kicking off and threatening us.
“I picked up a hammer and hit her with it.
“I did everything I could to make sure she couldn’t get near my baby.”
Bethany insists she was acting in self-defence after the four-strong gang turned up at her home drunk last month.
She was arrested and spent eight hours in a cell for attacking the intruder, who she says threatened Charlie, with the tool.
A 20-year-old woman was left needing hospital treatment for ‘potentially serious’ head and hand injuries.
I did everything I could to make sure she couldn’t get near my baby
Staffordshire Police later confirmed no further action is being taken against Bethany, who was detained on suspicion of wounding with intent.
Bethany said: “I was terrified for my little boy. I would’ve been in bed if these people didn’t turn up.
“It was a massive shock to me. I did what any mum would do.”
Fearing for her safety, Bethany took her young son to her mum’s house before she was arrested and taken into custody.
She was later released on bail.
The mum of Milton, Staffs., says she has now cut all ties with the woman.
Bethany said: “I’ve known her all my life and never expected this to happen.”
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “No further action is being taken”.