Surprise woman indicted for punching son in stomach

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Christina Muniz By Jennifer Thomas Christina Muniz By Jennifer Thomas

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Police officers arrested a 29-year-old Surprise woman after she reportedly told police she didn't want her children any longer and punched her 11-year-old son in the stomach in front of officers.

On Friday, police received a call from an 11-year-old boy who said his mother was packing and moving to California and wasn't taking him or his 6-year-old brother with her.

When police officers arrived, they contacted the 11-year-old outside the family's apartment in the 16600 block of North Greasewood Street.

According to police spokesman Sgt. Mark Ortega, the boy's mother, Christina Muniz, came out and told officers that she was "sick of her children" and wanted the police to take them so she can "have fun and play."

Ortega said Muniz told police she wanted to start her life over and follow her dream of wanting to become a stripper and move to California.

The older boy told investigators that he took care of himself and his little brother. He said their mom spent her money on alcohol and there wasn't very much food in the house.

Responding officers contacted Child Protective Services.

Ortega said Muniz continued to be verbally abusive to the children in the presence of CPS and police. She reportedly yelled at the children, cursed at them and told them she did not want them.

As the children were being removed by CPS, the older boy attempted to hug his mom and she punched him in the stomach, according to Ortega.

CPS had been contacted in the past for reports of physical and emotional abuse, but caseworkers said the complaint was unsubstantiated.

Muniz has been indicted on one count of child abuse and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She remains jailed on a $20,000 bond.