Scottsdale woman accused of hitting son with a belt, buckle

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Tassia Chandler By Jennifer Thomas Tassia Chandler By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Scottsdale woman is facing child abuse and other charges after allegedly hitting her 11-year-old son multiple times with a belt and buckle.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say 30-year-old Tassia Chandler was released on her own recognizance after a court appearance Tuesday.

She doesn't have a lawyer yet and has a March 6 preliminary hearing in her case.

Chandler was arrested Sunday on suspicion of aggravated assault, child abuse and disorderly conduct.

Scottsdale police were called to Chandler's apartment after a caller reported a family argument and said a child could be heard screaming.

The boy told police his mother had hit him 15 times with a belt buckle and officers say they noticed welts on his forehead, right arm and wrist.