SAVANNAH -- A Savannah-Chatham police officer was arrested in South Carolina this week after authorities there say she roughed up her 15-year-old daughter during a spat over a cell phone.
Kerrie Ann Hammond, 35, submitted her two weeks' notice Tuesday, the same day she was charged with misdemeanor assault in Bluffton, S.C., said Gena Moore, metro police spokeswoman.
The alleged assault erupted Tuesday afternoon, after Hammond disconnected her daughter's phone, then confronted the teen about "rebellious" behavior, Bluffton police reported.
"The argument got physical," Bluffton police Chief David McAllister said. "And the child has physical signs of injury."
The youth suffered "bruising and red marks" on her neck and leg, McAllister explained.
According to an incident report, Bluffton police were dispatched to Hammond's home at 10 Long Leaf Court shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Hammond, wearing a metro police uniform, told officers that on her drive home from work she'd canceled the phone "because her daughter had become extremely defiant and disrespectful," according to the police documents.
Once at home, Hammond encountered the teen and the scuffle ensued.
Hammond said she was defending herself from the daughter's "kicking and punching," police reported.
The daughter, meanwhile, said "her mother attacked and choked her," according to the report.
At some point, the two were separated by Hammond's 17-year-old son, who heard commotion and rushed in from another room. He told police the mother "tried to slap his sister's mouth because she would not stop cursing her," police reported.
Bluffton police took Hammond to the Beaufort, S.C., county jail on a charge of simple assault and battery.
She was released Wednesday morning on her own recognizance.
Hammond awaits a hearing on the assault and battery charge at Bluffton Municipal Court within 30 to 45 days, McAllister said.