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Police: Florida woman burned child with iron as punishment

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — A Florida woman faces child abuse charges after police say she burned her son with an iron as punishment for leaving paperwork at school.

Pembroke Pines police say Tamecha Jean, 32, was arrested for child abuse after a tip that was called into a hotline, according to WTVJ-TV.

Investigators say Jean burned her 9-year-old son because he “failed to show her his school work.”

The alleged incident, which happened in February, left scars on the center and left side of the boy’s chest, according to the arrest report obtained by WTVJ.

Jean claims she was ironing before and disciplined him with a wheel, and that he might have accidentally burned himself on the iron “because he moves around a lot while being spanked,” according to the report.

“We spoke with the child, and we were able to observe the alleged injuries, which he did have on his chest,” Pembroke Pines police Capt. Al Xiques told WSVN-TV.

“One burn mark appeared to be about the size of a quarter, and the other burn mark appeared to be about 1 inch long.”

Xiques called the alleged abuse “more of a form of torture” than a punishment.

Jean faces one count of aggravated child abuse. The judge released her on her own recognizance, but she is required to wear an ankle monitor.

Police tell WTVJ the boy, as well as two other kids also in the home, are in care of child protection workers.