Woman allegedly uses broomstick to beat young son

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by Alicia E. Barrón

azfamily.com

Posted on August 11, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 11 at 6:09 PM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A mother was arrested for allegedly beating her 5-year-old son with a belt and part of a broomstick.

Officers responded to a home in the 6600 block of E. Avalon Drive on Tuesday after receiving reports of a child with possible bruising on his legs.

Police spoke to the child’s mother, Gabriela Barraza, 23, who lives in the residence with her girlfriend.

The boy’s grandparents had taken the boy to lunch earlier that day and when they took him back home they noticed bruises and marks on the boy’s knees, along his legs and in the buttocks area when he was wearing only boxers and lying face down on the couch.

The grandparents told police they had spoken to Barraza about the bruises before and even contacted Child Protective Services but nothing had happened.

The grandparents reportedly had custody of the boy until about six months ago when Barraza decided to take him back to live with her and her girlfriend.

Barraza allegedly told officers she struck her son about six times with her belt folded in half and another three times with the handle of a broom that had been broken off because he wouldn’t stop crying.

Barraza was arrested for child abuse. The investigation is ongoing.

According to the police report, the boy was very excited when officers told him the belt and broom would not be coming back to the apartment.

 

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