A woman was arrested after her 11-year-old son told a school official he had been burned with a hot iron, the Miramar Police said.
The boy, who attends Pines Middle School, asked for a Band-Aid to cover his shoulder and school officials noticed his burns, police said.
When the boy was asked to explain his injury, he said his mother Glendese Williams, 30, had burned him with a hot iron while he was ironing his school clothes, police said.
“His mother entered the room and began arguing with him about the incident in school at which time she took the clothes iron and pressed it against his right arm,” Miramar Police said.
The boy was taken to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, where he was diagnosed with first and second degree burns, police said.
The boy also told police that his mother used a belt, leaving marks on his lower left leg, to discipline him for another incident in school, authorities said.
When police asked Williams about the incident, she said that “she slapped him, but did nothing else.”
Williams didn’t tell police why her son was burned or why she did not seek medical attention, police said.
She was arrested, charged with child abuse and taken to Broward County jail. It wasn’t immediately known if she had an attorney.
Her father was in court on Tuesday, asking to get custody of his grandchildren, who are now in protective custody. He said he was shocked by the allegations.
"I know she's a good mom, and she's there for her children. So I'm kind of surprised its shocking to know the accusations you know," said Sedwin Williams, her father.
Williams also has a 3-year-old child, whose father, Omar Rodrick Holness, was also in court. He is not the father of the older child, but he is married to Williams and lives with her.
"He's also being charged with failure to protect, but there's no real allegations in the petition against him but with all that's going on and all the media being here there was a lot of pressure," said his attorney Linda Singer.
The judge asked the grandfather get have a home study in order to get custody of his grandchildren. Both Williams and Holnes will get supervised visits.
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