Woman arrested on indictment for tasering, strangling two children

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Posted at 1:49 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 17:54:06-04

PHOENIX — A woman was arrested Monday regarding a 2017 child abuse case where two children were allegedly tasered, and hung in a closet, according to court documents.

On Monday, September 16, Phoenix police arrested Cassandra Marie Ledesma near her home at 51st Avenue and McDowell Road on a grand jury warrant for child abuse.

According to court documents, in June 2019, a Maricopa County Grand Jury indicted Ledesma on 13 counts of child abuse involving two victims.

The records show that the abuse allegedly occurred around August 2017. The documents show one child had chipped teeth and bruising to his back. He was also strangled "by placing a wire or rope around his neck and hanging him from a closet rod," court records show.

Ledesma is also allegedly accused of strangling a second boy "by placing a belt around his neck and carrying him around."

The indictment says both boys were tasered as well.

Ledesma's next court appearance is scheduled for September 24.

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.