SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Police arrested a 25-year-old mother in west Spokane Saturday afternoon after witnesses say she threw a 1-year-old child over a fence and down a steep embankment.

Shortly after 2:30 pm police responded to a welfare check in the 2400 block of W. Mission. The caller said he had been working on a house when Destiny Ahenakew and her 1-year-old son came inside and asked for a glass of water. He contacted police, concerned they had nowhere to go.

Right after, he called the man says Ahenakew threw her child up into the air and over a fence. The child fell about 50 feet down the steep embankment on the other side before hitting a tree. Another witness at the scene was able to scale the fence and bring the child back to safety.

When officers arrived on scene they called for medics for the child, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

A witness said that Ahenakew seemed very calm while being put in handcuffs and showed no signs of intoxication.

For the most part, residents in the area can't believe that something like this would happen, not only in their neighborhood, but just in general.

"I don't know her, I don't know her situation, but somehow she needs help because that's certainly not an appropriate way to handle an issue," Lou Dobberstein said.

Ahenakew was arrested and booked into Spokane County Jail on a charge of first degree assault of a child, a class A felony, which mean she could see a maximum penalty of life in prison. She will likely make her first court appearance on Monday.