Friday, October 1, 2010

R&B Singer Mario Arrested, Charged with Assaulting His Mother

Mario (full name: Mario Dewar Barrett) was arrested early this morning in Baltimore after police said he got into a fight with his mother. The 24-year-old was charged with one count of second-degree assault and released after posting $50,000 bond. Details are still sketchy, but here's what we know.
Police were called to the 900 block of Fell St. at about 12:50 a.m. and met his mother, Shawntia Hardaway, in the lobby. She was crying and told the officers that he was destroying property in the apartment they share and had pushed her, causing "minor pain," according to a police report. When police went up to the apartment, they found a broken china cabinet and glass strewn across the floor, records show. A mirror was broken, and there was a hole in a closet door. Hardaway told the officers that it was the second time her son had put his hands on her in recent days - on Sept. 27, she said, they got into an argument in which he pushed her "eight feet into a living room wall, where Ms. Hardaway hit her head on the wall," police wrote in charging documents. "When this officer asked the victim if she fears for her life in reference to her son's actions, the victim replied 'yes'," the officer wrote. The report did not say what sparked the alleged confrontations.
Shawntia is a heroin addict. Due to her drug problems, the singer was raised by his grandmother. Mario's attorney called the arrest "an unfortunate incident between a loving son and a mother who continues to struggle with a devastating addiction."


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