CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – A Carlsbad mother is facing child abuse charges for allegedly beating her 18-month-old son with a belt.
According to the Carlsbad Current Argus, 21-year-old Francis Garcia was arrested this week.
Police started the investigation into Garcia after an incident last year where the little boy was treated for a wound on his neck, leaving him lethargic and unresponsive.
Investigators believe Garcia hit the child with the metal buckle of a belt across his neck leaving a bruise.
The paper reports Garcia didn’t have custody of the child and was only allowed to visit him.
The child and his 9-year-old brother have since been placed in foster care.