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Mom Arrested for Child Abuse After Beating Kids Who Test Positive For COVID-19
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A mother in Arizona was arrested for physically assaulting her children and stepchildren after they tested positive for COVID-19 and reportedly didn’t wear masks.

12 News reported that 32-year-old Sarah Michelle Boone assaulted three of her children, all between the ages of 4 and 14, for not wearing masks after they tested positive for the virus.

“Court docs say officers responded to the home on Dec. 26 when a caller stated Sarah Boone assaulted her children by hitting one in the face with an open hand, kicking another on the ground and picking up another child by their neck,” 12 News reported. “The caller said she did it because the children tested positive for coronavirus and weren’t wearing masks.”

The children did not require a trip to the hospital after the attack. Boone was reportedly found walking down the street after fleeing the scene once police were called. Court documents reviewed by 12 News said Boone did not comply with police instructions and resisted arrest. Police had to wrestle her to the ground and tase her in order to make the arrest.

“Boone was booked on three felony counts of child abuse and misdemeanor charges of assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She’s being held on a $5,000 bond and is instructed to not initiate contact with her children if released on bond,” 12 News reported. “Police tell 12 News Boone was arrested in September on similar charges involving the same kids. In November, they responded to her home twice for domestic violence involving the children as well.”

AZ Central reported that Boone “was under the influence of alcohol when she struck the children.”

KTAR News reported that one of the child victims called 911.

Claire Louge, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, told 12 News that parents need to learn to cope with stress to avoid taking it out on their children.

“This is heartbreaking. Child abuse is inexcusable, but it’s also preventable,” Louge told the outlet. “Stress tends to build so the job of prevention is really to help parents cope with that stress, and also to remove as much stress as possible. So, connect them to things that they need that might alleviate stress.”

The New York Post reported that Boone, of Wickenburg, Arizona, “was taken to Maricopa County Jail, where she was also booked on charges for assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.”

“She was released Tuesday on $5,000 bond and is set to appear in court Jan. 6,” the outlet added.

The National Children’s Alliance states that nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S. each year, though statistics are often inflated by using broad definitions of what constitutes “abuse.”

“Nationally, neglect is the most common form of abuse. Three-out-of-five (nearly 61%) of victims were neglected only, more than 10% were physically abused only, and 7% were sexually abused only. Yet the statistics indicate a more complex problem where children experience multiple forms of abuse. In 2018, more than 15% of kids were polyvictimized (suffered two or more forms of abuse),” the Alliance says on its website.

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