A 38-year-old Mankato woman is facing domestic assault charges after Mankato Police say she pushed and punched her 13-year-old son.

The boy told investigators that Julie Fuller has punched him in the shoulder with a closed fist and that in an incident a few days earlier she punched him in the chest and grabbed him by the neck – refusing to let go until someone else intervened.

On other prior occasions, when the victim tried to leave the home he says Fuller has used scissors or pliers to stab herself in the arms.

A witness told investigators that she believes the defendant is using narcotics such as methamphetamine and heroin with increased frequency and her behavior has been increasingly erratic due to her substance abuse.

The criminal complaint shows that Fuller denied physically assaulting the child.