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PD: Child hit with broomstick after destroying mom's drugs

Posted: 3:06 PM, Jan 10, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-10 17:18:08-05
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GLENDALE, AZ — A Glendale woman has been arrested for allegedly hitting her child with a broomstick because the young girl found and destroyed drugs in the home.

Glendale police report that on Thursday night, they responded to a home near 67th Avenue and Bethany Home Road for a report of child abuse.

Police say a girl found narcotics in the bathroom of the master bedroom that belonged to her mom. She was so upset over finding the drugs that she poured water over the drugs to destroy them.

When her mother, Francina Monique Moreno, 32, found out she reportedly pulled the child into a bathroom by her hair and punched her. She then allegedly struck her in the head several times with a broomstick.

Police say there were six other children in the home at the time of the assault. The girl fled the home without shoes or a jacket and was not allowed back in. Moreno also refused to open the door to responding officers, until her husband arrived home.

While on scene, police documented injuries to the girl's head. Moreno was arrested for aggravated assault and 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.