Mother accused of beating daughter with extension cord

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

MESA, Ariz. -- A woman is accused of beating her 10-year-old daughter with an extension cord.

Erinn Gillis, 31, was arrested on Wednesday. She is facing a child abuse charge.

According to court documents, the investigation began after the girl told the nurse at her school that her mother hurt her.

The girl said Gillis whipped her with an extension cord because she got into trouble at school.

The injuries were on the back of the girl's legs. She had numerous bruises, raised welts, and broken skin.

She said her mother told her she used an extension cord because the belt obviously wasn't working.

The girl did not know how many times her mother hit her with the cord but said it was more than once. She said it hurt to sit.

The girl told investigators she was scared to go home.

Gillis told police she used a belt to whip her daughter and denied using an extension cord. She said she didn't think police should be involved and that her daughter needed a whipping and she would do it again.

The victim and her 13-year-old sister were removed from their home and placed with family members.

Gillis' bond was set at $2,800.