Mom Accused of Beating Kids on Flight and Threatening Flight Attendant Who Intervened

A woman accused of beating her children then threatening a flight attendant who intervened while on a flight between San Francisco and Denver was ordered jailed Wednesday until her next court hearing.

Tamera Jo Freeman, 38, faces a charge of interference with flight crew and assault, according to court documents. Magistrate Judge Boyd Boland ordered Freeman jailed until Friday, when she has a preliminary and detention hearing.

She was arrested Monday after the plane landed at Denver International Airport.

According to an affidavit, witnesses told investigators that Freeman had been using profane language and hitting her children — ages 2 and 4 — to the point they were crying and trying to hide in a corner on the floor.

When a flight attendant intervened, Freeman allegedly threw a drink on the floor and confronted the flight attendant in a common area.

Freeman told investigators that she slapped her children because they were fighting over a window shade. She denied throwing a drink, saying she had set it down on the floor on the aisle and added she "lost it" while on the plane.

Freeman requested a public defender and it was unclear whether one had been appointed.

A hometown for Freeman was not immediately available. Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, declined comment.