MPD officer under investigation for punching son in face - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD officer under investigation for punching son in face

Laura Prins-Harris (Source: SCSO) Laura Prins-Harris (Source: SCSO)

A Memphis police officer and mother appeared in court Monday after investigators said she punched her son.

Laura Prins-Harris is off the job pending the outcome of the case.

A Witness said Prins-Harris was arguing with another woman on June 9. Her son stepped in between the women to break up the argument.

The witness said that is when Prins-Harris punched her son in the face with a closed fist.

Prins-Harris is charged with assault and domestic violence.

However, her husband, Mario Harris, said what is written in the affidavit is only half of the story. He said on June 8, his stepson disappeared.

“My son, on the day that this occurred, he caught himself running away,” Harris said. “He was gone for a long period of the day.”

His wife, Prins-Harris, could not get ahold of him, and the two were worried until she arrived home around 11 p.m. and asked the neighbors.

The neighbor said he was in bed spending the night.

Mario added that Prins-Harris did not approve and started asking why the neighbor did not ask permission or call.

According to the affidavit, several weeks later, Harris' stepson and the neighbor filed a report alleging that Prins-Harris punched her son in the face.

Harris said that is not true.

“My wife never hit any of our kids with a closed fist, never even hit them,” Harris said.

Prins-Harris has been an MPD officer for 17 years, and Harris said she knows better and takes her responsibilities serious. Harris says the entire incident was blown out of proportion.

“17-year-old kids, sometimes, they just don't understand,” he said.

Prins-Harris' personnel file is filled with nothing but positive reviews, promotions and training certificates.

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