Austin police issue an arrest warrant for a woman who they say disciplined a child with a hanger. The child ended up in Dell Children's Hospital.
In March, a four-year-old girl was taken to Dell Children's Hospital for possible child abuse. Police say her aunt noticed bruising on her arms and face.
When interviewed, the girl told a CPS investigator that her mother's girlfriend, 21-year-old Dequintashon Mosley, hit her with a belt and hanger.
She said the latest incident occurred after a vacuum broke while Mosley was watching her at an East Austin apartment.
The child said Mosely would instruct her to take her pants and panties off before getting hit.
Mosely first denied the behavior, but then investigators say she started crying and said yes she hits the child with a hanger when she does something really bad.
"Texas law does allow for the physical discipline of a child when it's reasonable. The difficulty comes into play when determining what's reasonable and appropriate," said Center for Child Protection Spokesperson Melanie Chasteen.
Center for Child Protection Spokesperson Melanie Chasteen explains it is up to parents to make that call.
"Spanking a child with your open hand on their bottom in general could be deemed as okay, but in general you cause bruises or harm a child or use a belt or a stick or some other form of object typically that might be considered abuse," she said.
Mosley told investigators that she is quick to anger and sometimes blacks out.
Police charged her with injury to a child which is a third degree felony.
Chasteen cautions those who use spanking as discipline, "First and foremost, take a breath. Take a step back, collect yourself and try other forms of discipline before you spank. "
Mosley has a history of violence. In 2011 Mosley was arrested for assault with bodily injury/ family violence. An emergency protection order was issued. In 2010, she was arrested for attempted assault of a public servant. Court documents say she struck a juvenile detention officer while at the Travis County Garner-Betts Detention Facility.