Woman trying to become a Chicago cop is charged with battering a Chicago cop

A woman who is interviewing to become a Chicago police officer faces felony charges for allegedly hitting an actual Chicago police officer in the face with a phone.

Melissa Castillo, 29, admitted to throwing the phone, but she said she was trying to hit the father of one of her children, not the cop, according to prosecutors.

The officers were called to a Bronzeville home late Sunday night to investigate a report about children being left alone. A man told police that his children called him because they were scared after Castillo left them alone, prosecutor Sarah Dale-Schmidt said during a court hearing Monday.

Chicago police hopeful Melisa Castillo | Chicago Police Department

The man had also called the father of another child who was present to tell him about what was happening.

Cops were just about ready to leave the children in the care of the two men when Castillo began arguing with one of the men, and the altercation became physical while their 2-year-old child was between them, Dale-Schmidt said.

Castillo allegedly threw a phone at the man as he walked away, but she missed and hit a police officer in the face. The cop received stitches to close the wound, according to Dale-Schmidt.

She is charged with felony aggravated battery of a peace officer.

Her public defender said she’s the mother of three and is in the interview stage of becoming a Chicago police officer.

Judge Barbara Dawkins released her on her own recognizance.

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