Mother accused of punching 8-year-old son
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies accused an East Baton Rouge woman of punching her child in the mouth hard enough to split their lip.
Deputies charged 27-year-old Tonisha Montague with cruelty to juveniles after her arrest Wednesday.
Detectives said a state Child and Family Services worker was called by her child's school Wednesday morning. The school worker said the boy had a swollen and split lip, and told the school worker that his mother had punched him.
The DCFS worker and a deputy questioned Montague at her home and said she admitted to punching the boy because she said he had peed on his bedroom floor. The DCFS worker also said Montague admitted she occasionally hit the boy and his siblings with a plastic shower rod when they misbehaved.
The DCFS worker had the children taken to an emergency room for examinations deputies arrested Montague.
Deputies booked Montague into the parish jail, where she was given a $5,000 bond.