Chapin Police have charged a mother with cruelty to children after the Department of Social Services says she punished the child using a spatula.
Police arrested Crystal Maren Tuesday afternoon.
DSS officials told police that Maren's 6-year-old son showed up to school on Feb. 26 with injuries to the side of his face and ear.
When the child was asked about his injuries, DSS officials said the boy told a teacher that his mother hit him with a spatula that she was using to cook with because he was not listening.
The school contacted DSS, and the department placed the 6-year-old and a 1-year-old sister in the care of Maren's mother.
No word on a bond hearing for Maren.
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