Tonya Burns was charged with aggravated child abuse and remains jailed on $50,000 bond on Wednesday, authorities said. Judge Jeri Cohen ordered Burns not to have any contact with her daughter in court on Wednesday.
A mother of six was arrested for hitting her 15-year-old daughter with a metal rod, authorities said.
Tonya Burns was charged with aggravated child abuse and remains jailed on $50,000 bond on Wednesday.
According to the arrest affidavit, the incident occurred on Tuesday outside Miami Carol City Senior High. Burns told police she dropped her daughter at school then saw her leaving.
"So I pulled up grabbed the stick and hit her to go back in school," she said.
Her daughter suffered including a lump, some swelling and welts on her arms, authorities said.
The girl and four of siblings were in Judge Jeri Cohen's courtroom on Wednesday, and they were placed with their maternal grandmother. Therapy and other services were ordered for the family.
"You'll have no contact with the victim, in this case, your daughter. You're not to call her. You're not to speak to anyone regarding her or have anyone contact her, not to carry any firearms or weapons. You'll be under house arrest," Cohen said.
After the hearing, Burns' her 16-year-old son called the incident "a simple mistake" and said she's a great mother.
The family has three prior case reports with the Department of Children and Families, two for domestic violence between the parents, and one for inadequate supervision.
Family members said Burns has no history of mental illness or drug abuse.