A West St. Paul, Minn. woman is accused of burning her 7-year-old son's face with a hot iron and whipping him in the face with a belt. The alleged abuse was reported when the boy came to school with a facial burn, which he said was punishment for bad behavior.
Nachelle Denora Haggins, 25, is charged with one gross misdemeanor count of malicious punishment of a child. She told police the boy's injury was not the result of abuse, but that he had fallen while playing with other kids.
According to the charges, the boy came to school on May 10 with a facial burn that he said came from an iron. The boy told police he is physically disciplined by his mother when he is "bad" which can include "whooping" with a black belt.
The shape of the burn on his face was consistent with a clothing iron being pressed against his skin with the tip pointed toward his mouth. The boy had another injury on his cheek which he said came from a black belt with a silver buckle.
A search warrant was executed at Haggins' home and police located an iron and a black belt with a silver buckle.
The child abuse charge carries a maximum sentence of up to one year in prison and a $3,000 fine.