A Florida woman is facing child abuse charges after police say she physically abused her two young sons for eating a can of ravioli while she was at work.
Miami Herald reports that Latamara Taylor told her two boys, ages 9 and 6, to call her if they got hungry while home alone. According to police, Taylor was at work during the May 24 incident when the children became hungry.
When Taylor arrived home, she allegedly beat the children with an extension cord on their back, legs, and torso. According to police, the boys said they called Taylor but she didn’t answer. The hungry children then found the food in the kitchen and helped themselves.
“When the defendant returned home and saw that they had eaten the ravioli, she became irate, grabbed an extension cord and began hitting both victims over their legs, lower torso, thighs, hips and buttocks areas,” an officer wrote in an arrest affidavit.
“After the defendant beat the victims, she did not provide any medical treatment for their injuries.”
Taylor reportedly took the boys to their father’s house after the incident. On May 28, she got into an argument with the boys’ dad and reportedly hit him with her car and pinned him down while the children were inside the vehicle. She was arrested for aggravated assault.
“The defendant maliciously and intentionally beat the victims more than a reasonable person would deem as an acceptable form of corporal punishment,” the arrest affidavit read. “The defendant’s acts caused the victims unjustifiable pain, injuries and permanent scarring.”
Both boys were examined for injuries and interviewed by police. They both reportedly explained to authorities how and why their mother hit them with an extension cord. The Florida Department of Children and Families became involved.
Taylor was subsequently arrested and charged with child abuse. She was taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
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[Feature Photo: Latamara Taylor/Police Handout]