A Florida mom accused of burning her son’s hand on a stove is defending her actions by saying the boy had killed an animal and hit small children.
Click Orlando reports that authorities arrested 29-year-old Miriam Rebolledo on Thursday, after she allegedly punished her 6-year-old son, who had gotten in a fight at school the previous day, by putting his hand on a stove and burning him. Rebeolledo said she isn’t the “monster” people are making her out to be, and she wanted her son to learn a lesson before he ended being a “convicted felon.”
“My son is so rebellious that he got to the point to kill an animal. What am I supposed to do? Stay home without doing anything for my son?”
A Miami-Dade judge, however, didn’t buy into the suspect’s reasons. As she continued to claim that the public didn’t realize the entire story, Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan told her that she didn’t discipline her boy properly, regardless of the reasons behind it.
“Maybe in Colombia it’s OK to take the child and put their burning hand on a stove, but in the United States, it’s not,” the judge said.
The judge told Rebolledo that she met her son and the little boy was sad he had to go to foster care. The suspect later admitted she was overwhelmed and didn’t know what else to do.
“All the news every day, you see young people – 12, 13, 14 years old – they end up in schools with guns, and in this country it’s so easy to get guns,” Rebolledo told local media outside of the Miami-Dade jail on Friday, after she posted bond. “My son is rebelling so much that he killed a little animal….It’s so easy to get those guns. You want my son to grow up to be a bully who beats up on kids? And he isn’t just going after boys, he bullied a girl.”
“I’m a bad mom, but they don’t know the truth. This is the kind of thing a mother has to do so that her son can grow up to be a good person tomorrow.”
Rebelledo is facing one felony count of aggravated child abuse. Her son temporarily remains in foster care.
[Feature Photo: Miami-Dade PD]