31-year-old Marline Toussaint had been taking a shower on Wednesday when her two children accidentally knocked her phone into the bathroom sink, getting it wet. Their mother became so angry that she took hold of her son and pulled him into the bedroom, where she grabbed a broken piece from a toddler’s T-ball set. Toussaint struck the boy on his right arm and head until he was covered in a variety of cuts.
Police say that three witnesses had been in the living room and both saw and heard the events. One of the witnesses told her to stop hitting her child, while another put bandages on the boy’s cuts. Touissant then allegedly flushed the bandages down the toilet.
Police spoke with the boy on Thursday and a medical examination was conducted, which found that the boy had been abused by his mother.
Toussaint was taken into custody and, during questioning, she confessed that she struck the boy multiples times.
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