Mother arrested for beating daughter with metal cane

PHOENIX - A woman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of hitting her daughter with a metal cane and slapping her, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Police said the suspect learned that her 15-year-old daughter on Wednesday wrote letters to a boy about inappropriate things. The two got into an argument, and the mother allegedly hit the daughter multiple times on the arms and legs with a metal cane in response to the daughter’s behavior.

The daughter left their home near 51st Avenue and Baseline Road for a friend’s home, where she told her friend about being beaten and slapped, according to police. The friend told her own mother, who called 911.

The daughter suffered several swollen contusions on her arms and left leg, police said. She said her mother struck her with the cane at least 30 times, punched her in the face and chest and slapped her.

The mother, identified as Barbara Lavina Perryman, 38, faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and child abuse. 

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