Mother arrested for allegedly causing child's burns
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have arrested a South Florida mother after her son said she burned him with an iron.
According to Miramar Police, the 11-year-old boy complained of an injury to his shoulder at his school, Pines Middle School, Monday, and when a school official asked him how he received that injury, he said his mom burned him with an iron as punishment. Miramar Police spokesperson Tania Rues explained, "The child was ironing his clothes yesterday morning when his mother confronted him over his performance in school. The victim stated that, at that point in time, there was some type of confrontation, and his mom burned him on the shoulder with the iron."
Police said the child was taken to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital where he was diagnosed with first and second-degree burns. A man who has a child that attends the school, expressed his shock over the allegations. "If his performance is bad, there's quite a few things that you can do here at the school to enhance his performing, and that's not one of them."
The child also said he was disciplined by his mom, identified as Glendese Williams, on Sept. 20, for another incident in school in which Williams allegedly used a belt and left marks on his lower left leg.
Authorities confronted his mother Monday night about her son's statements, and she was arrested and charged with one count of child abuse causing great bodily harm.
After Williams bonded out of jail, there was a custody hearing Tuesday afternoon where the state argued against leaving the boy and his younger daughter in the care of either parent. "He also indicated that his 3-year-old sister is also hit," argued a representative of the state. "The mother's apparent mode of discipline for the children is physical discipline, which is escalating at the home."
The state went on to note, the father did nothing to protect the children. "At this time, the father's living in the home. He's failed to step in and prevent the mother from doing physical discipline on a 3-year-old child. At this time, we don't feel the children can safely remain at either of the parent's custody due to the escalating nature of abuse."
Sedwin Williams, the suspect's father, appeared in court to ask for custody. "She is a good mom," he said of the accused, "and so I'm kind of surprised to know the accusation."
In the end, the judge ordered that the child and his 3-year-old sister be given to their paternal grandfather if he can pass a home study.
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