A Valley mother has been arrested for allegedly throwing a kitchen plate at her 2-year-old child, hitting him in the head.
Phoenix police report that late Saturday night, a witness saw 23-year-old Shyanne Pearl Shattuck throw a dinner plate at her 2-year-old son. The boy blocked the plate with his arm, but it still struck him in the head, breaking the plate.
Shattuck then grabbed the victim and her other children and left the home.
The next day, police and DCS investigators went to her home near 19th and Glendale avenues, where they described the child and his siblings as "dirty".
Investigators say the victim had "rotted out front teeth", marks on the back of his legs, and insect bites on his lower legs.
They also allegedly noticed a cut on the boy's arm.
Shattuck was arrested for child abuse.
If you suspect a child is being abused, the Arizona Department of Child Services has resources available to report the issue to a social worker. You can call the Arizona Child Abuse Hotline at 1-888-SOS-CHILD (1-888-767-2445), and will be asked for information about the child, as well as the nature of your concerns. You can also get more information from DCS about reporting abuse or neglect online.