PD: Phoenix child hit with high-heeled shoe suffers skull fracture, mom arrested

Posted: 11:00 AM, Sep 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-17 16:44:02-04
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PHOENIX — A Phoenix mother was arrested after allegedly striking a child with a high-heeled shoe and pushing her into a wall, causing a skull fracture.

Phoenix police report that on Monday morning, they arrested Martha Garcia, 43, near 40th Street and Bell Road. Police say on September 11, Garcia hit the pre-teen girl twice in the back of the head with a high-heeled shoe and then pushed her into a door.

The girl felt pain in the back of her head and called her father to get her. She was taken to Phoenix Children's Hospital where doctors reportedly found a skull fracture.

Garcia allegedly told police that her daughter became upset about doing her hair and hit her. Garcia said she pushed the girl away and threw a shoe, hitting her in the back of the head.

Garcia 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 .