People who know the woman accused of killing her 10-year-old son earlier this month describe her as troubled, abusive and mentally ill, according to a police report released Tuesday.
Vicki Hulsey, 45, of Mesa, was arrested after her son, Jarod “Jerry” Hulsey, was found April 3 lying facedown on the bottom bunk of his bed, the report says. His entire face had dark purple and black bruises and his body and arms had bruises, open sores and scabs.
According to the report:
• A former neighbor of Hulsey in California called the woman “very emotionally unstable and violent.” A former co-worker of Hulsey said the woman had once threatened suicide and had revealed she hit her son.
• Jerry’s teacher at Superstition Springs Elementary School in Mesa, where the boy attended school for a year, said he received about triple the number of calls from Vicki Hulsey that he usually gets from parents. During the calls, the mother expressed frustration over parenting Jerry and displeasure with his grades.
• A girl who walked home from school with Jerry told police she had once seen Jerry’s mom slap him on the back of the head after picking the boy up in her car.
• Jerry’s grandmother Hazel Hulsey said she became concerned for her grandson’s safety last year after she noticed marks on his neck. She said Jerry told her it was caused by a student at school, but she decided to stay aware of any future marks.
• Hazel Hulsey’s boyfriend told police Vicki Hulsey had made threats against both him and Hazel Hulsey. He also said she had recently stopped allowing her son to spend time with his grandmother.
Jerry’s grandmother found the boy after Vicki Hulsey called her.
“Vicki called me on my cell phone and said, ‘Come quick, something terrible has happened,’ ” Hazel Hulsey said in the report. “I went upstairs to his room and he was bruised very bad and cold.”
In the investigation, police collected a discipline chart for Jerry off the family’s refrigerator, a serrated spoon found in a guest bathroom, and other items.
Vicki Hulsey’s court date is May 25, according to the Maricopa County Superior Court Web site.
Vicki Hulsey adopted Jerry in Salinas, Calif. Before that, he was her foster child.