By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – A woman who said she just wanted to retrieve her child spent Christmas incarcerated after allegedly assaulting her husband at his family’s residence Dec. 25.
Alanis Star Thomas, 21, was arrested and booked into the Graham County Adult Detention Facility on charges of assault and disorderly conduct after allegedly causing a disturbance at a family get-together that included scratching her husband’s face to the point where he was bleeding. Alanis also is being adjudicated on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and DUI-drug, which stems from a complaint filed by the Graham County Attorney’s Office on Dec. 5, and a charge out of Willcox Justice Court for driving on a suspended license. She had her initial appearances for both the domestic violence/assault charges and the separate drug charges Dec. 26 and was then released from custody.
Officers were initially dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of Relation Street at about 11:11 a.m. regarding a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, the victim advised that he and Alanis were discussing their relationship issues when Alanis became upset and initiated a verbal argument. At that time, the victim said he asked Alanis to leave but she refused and then attempted to leave with their 2-year-old daughter.
When that occurred, the victim’s mother and Alanis engaged in a verbal argument. The victim then attempted to escort Alanis from the residence. While doing so, he said she scratched his face and violently swung her arms. The victim’s version of events was corroborated by his mother and father-in-law.
When speaking to an officer, Alanis initially stated she didn’t know how the victim sustained injuries to his face and then later said that she “may have scratched him”, according to a Safford Police report. Alanis was then taken into custody and booked into the jail.
On Thursday, Alanis appeared at the Safford Police Department on crutches inquiring about how to regain custody of her and the victim’s daughter. She said she had been injured during transport to court by correctional officers who put leg clamps on her too tight. She also said her only concern was getting her child back and that she felt she had been the victim during the fracas and that her child was taken from her. She said she just wanted to get her daughter back.