The 46-year-old Tennessee woman found herself being carted away from her apartment in handcuffs earlier this week after she punched her son in the face for being “too feminine and too gay.”
The boy, whose name and age have not been released, was in bed at the time of the attack. When police arrived at the scene late Tuesday night, they say his face was covered in bruises.
“It’s shocking every time it happens, but it’s not new to us at the center,” said Will Batts, who runs the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Center. “We hear a lot of stories about people who are assaulted by family members. Young people who are kicked out of their houses when they come out to a parent.”
Neighbors of the family were shocked when they learned of the attack.
“That’s not right,” neighbor Tamika Heard lamented. “I mean that’s her flesh and blood, her son. No, that’s not right.”
“You don’t know who you are living around,” another neighbor said. “It’s just terrible.”
Alexander was booked on charges of domestic assault. Her bond was set at $1,000.