Police say a young child called 911 to report their mother had battered them in Lake Villa and when officers responded, the woman also allegedly battered the officers.
The Lake Villa Police Department responded around 2:20 p.m. on February 4 for a domestic disturbance in progress in the 400 block of Middlebury Drive.
Lake Villa Police Department Lt. James DeCaro said a pre-teen child in the home called 911 and reported she had just been battered by her mother. The child was hiding in a bathroom.
Dispatchers also received a secondary call from a Department of Children and Family Services caseworker who was already assigned to the family and asked for police to respond to the home.
Officers arrived and met with children at the home who alleged that their mother was intoxicated and battered the child, DeCaro said.
The mother was identified as Carolyne C. Ongalo, 42, of the 400 block of Middlebury Drive in Lake Villa.
DeCaro said that Ongalo’s actions “exceeded that of reasonable discipline” and the child had a minor wound to their hand.
Officers attempted to interview Ongalo at the home but she was uncooperative and became belligerent with police during the interview.
“She did make admissions that would be consistent with exceeding her role in handing down parental discipline,” DeCaro said.
Officers attempted to take Ongalo into custody but she attempted to resist their efforts.
Ongalo began kicking at the legs and groin area of the arresting officers while they tried to transport her to a police vehicle, DeCaro said. The officers were not injured.
Officers reported that Ongalo did show signs of intoxication.
The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office approved charges of aggravated battery to a child under 13, two counts of domestic battery, two counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer and two counts of resisting arrest.
DCFS was briefed to set up a safety plan for the minor children who reside in the home, DeCaro said.
Ongalo was transported to the Lake County Jail where she was released after posting bond.