Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Jennifer Gonzalez Arrested for Child Abuse

A Vero Beach woman hit a 4-year-old child in the face with a belt because the child was being bad, the Indian River County Sheriff's Office said.

Jennifer Gonzalez, 26, was arrested Monday on one count of child abuse.

According to an arrest affidavit, the child told deputies, "I got whooped." When asked why, the child said because he or she was being bad and stomping his or her feet.

Gonzalez is also accused of hitting the child across the shoulder and thighs. Deputies said they noticed bruising on the child in all three locations.

An adult who was home during the incident told deputies he saw Gonzalez grab a belt from the bedroom and heard the child getting spanked, but he did not see it happen. He told deputies Gonzalez asked him to say the child slipped on the kitchen floor and fell on a mop.

According to the affidavit, Gonzalez initially told deputies the child slipped on the kitchen floor and got bruised, but when confronted, she admitted to hitting the child with the belt.

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