PHOENIX — A Phoenix woman has been arrested for allegedly striking her preteen daughter with multiple objects, police say.
Phoenix police report that on Wednesday, they arrested 47-year-old Shwe Men at her home near 19th and Glendale avenues.
Court documents show that Men is accused of striking her preteen daughter "with multiple objects, causing severe bruising, red marks and immediate swelling."
After hitting the girl with a brown belt, Men allegedly retrieved a "kitchen knife sharpening tool" and used it to hit the girl.
Police say they found injuries to the girl's upper back and neckline, upper arm, thighs, and shins.
Upon her arrest, Men reportedly told police that she hit the child for trying to leave home without permission.
Men was arrested for child abuse. Her next court hearing is April 4.
If you suspect a child is being abused, the Arizona Department of Child Safety 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.