DA: Mom arrested on DUI charge, assaulting deputy, also charged with leaving baby home alone

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DENVER -- A mother who allegedly caused a crash while driving drunk and then fled the scene did so while her 11-month-old baby was at home alone, the Denver District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

Melissa Boyd, 43, was driving while drunk and caused a crash near E. 12th Avenue and Logan Street just before midnight on Jan. 10, said DA spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough.

She ran away from the crash but was caught by a Denver Police officer who reported that she failed a field sobriety test, according to the  probable cause statement.

Boyd's speech was slurred, she stammered and her breath smelled like alcohol, according to court documents.  She was taken to Denver Health for a blood test and while she was being cleared for jail, Boyd kicked a Denver sheriff's deputy in the throat, the statement said.

All the while, her 11-month-old son was alone in an apartment, Kimbrough said.

Boyd was formally charged with two counts of second-degree assault of a peace officer, child abuse, DUI, no proof of insurance, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and careless driving, Kimbrough said.

She remains in custody on a $10,000 bond.

Boyd's child was released into the custody of the Denver County Human Services.