WASHINGTON — A Prince George’s County police officer has been arrested and charged with assault after a physical struggle with his child’s mother on Friday night.
Officer Bashua Olaseha, a three-year veteran of the department, has been suspended.
According to charging documents, Yetunde Ogungbemi told police officers that Olaseha was trying to take their 7-month-old son from a home on Rose View Court in Upper Marlboro without permission.
Ogungbemi has an active protective order against Olaseha stemming from an incident the day before.
Olaseha, 28, allegedly entered the home, removed the child, placed him in the front passenger seat and tried to drive away.
Ogungbemi told police she reached into the driver’s side and tried to take the child out while the vehicle was in motion.
She says Olaseha punched her in the stomach and slapped her in the face. When the vehicle stopped, the woman was able to grab the child and run, but Olaseha pushed her to the ground with the baby in her arms.
There was a struggle and police separated the two adults.
Olaseha, who was off-duty at the time, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault.
The woman was treated at the hospital for cuts and bruises to her arms.
The police department’s special investigation response team is leading the investigation.