HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - A Houma mother was arrested for allegedly dragging her daughter around the house by her hair and forcing her to drink hot sauce.
Gricelda Mejia, 33, was arrested on one count of cruelty to a juvenile.
Deputies with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office were called to a local junior high school following a complaint of suspected child abuse.
Detectives made contact with a 13-year-old female, who reported that she was beaten with a belt by her mother on multiple occasions that week. The child also reported that she was forced to drink hot sauce and was dragged around her house by her hair.
Mejia was detained and subsequently arrested for one count of cruelty to a juvenile. She awaits a bond hearing at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex.
Deputies say the child has been placed in a safe environment.