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TPSO: Mother beat child, forced her to drink hot sauce

Gricelda Mejia, courtesy of the TPSO Gricelda Mejia, courtesy of the TPSO
HOUMA, LA (WVUE) -

A mother is behind bars after allegedly beating her child with a belt and forcing her to drink hot sauce.

According to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, detectives were alerted to a complaint of child abuse from one of the students at a local junior high school. According to police, the 13-year-old girls who reported the abuse said she was beaten by her mother with a belt on multiple occasions and had been forced to drink hot sauce. She also said her mother dragged her around the house by her hair according to the TPSO.

Detectives found severe bruising on several parts of her body and the arrested the child's mother, 33-year-old Gricelda Mejia, on one count of cruelty to a juvenile.

Police say the child has since been put in a safe environment.

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