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Foley mother arrested for scalding child with hot spoon

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Maria Cortes (WPMI)

Maria Cortes of Foley, Alabama has been arrested on child abuse charges and is being held on $10,000 bond.

According to police, the mother of four is accused of heating up a spoon on the eye of the stove and putting it on her child's lips. She claims she did this to punish her 6-year-old son, a 1st grader at Foley elementary, who was lying to her.

The child sustained 3rd degree burns. Cortes did not take him to the hospital.

Officials at Foley Elementary were concerned when the child didn't show up to school. The school system went on to contact police who then got DHR involved, which led to the arrest.

Local 15 has a crew on this story and will bring you more information as we have it.