MESA, AZ — Police arrested a Mesa woman for allegedly choking her teenage daughter and biting her nose.
Mesa police report that on March 24 officers arrested 40-year-old Sara Magdaleno for assaulting her teenage daughter.
Police say Magdaleno and her daughter got into an argument over chores. The altercation turned physical when Magdaleno allegedly slapped the teen in the face, bit her nose and hit her legs with a plastic hanger.
Magdaleno is also accused of straddling the girl and choking her.
Police say the girl had eight documented injuries, including a swollen and bruised face, symptoms of strangulation, bruising on both legs and a red nose.
Magdaleno reportedly told police that the victim got in her face, so she slapped her, and they started to fight.
Magdaleno was arrested for child abuse and aggravated assault.
In an emotional initial court appearance, Magdaleno claimed she acted in self-defense.
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