RAMSEY - Police are crediting a Ramsey store clerk for calling the cops when a young boy entered a convenience store bloodied and distraught.

Officials say Dhaval Patel was working alone on Saturday night when the 13-year-old came in with a bloody nose. Patel says the boy told him his mother had beaten him up.

According to police, they found scars on the teenager's back, allegedly the result of beatings with an electrical cord.

The Ramsey police chief says the boy and his two younger siblings are now safe and with their biological father.

Officials say the mother is being held on $10,000 bail. The Division of Youth and Family Services has also been notified.