PHOENIX (AP) — Police in Phoenix say a woman has been arrested for allegedly hitting her 8-year-old son with a hanger and throwing a knife at him.
They say 25-year-old Henrietta Tapaha was taken into custody on suspicion of child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of the minor.
Police say a witness reported seeing Tapaha's son running down a street without shoes and crying last Saturday.
Authorities say the boy told police he was scared because his mother had hit him with a hanger, punched him in the face and threw a knife at him.
Tapaha told police she had been drinking and did hit the boy with a hanger but denied throwing a knife at him and did not recall punching him.
She remains jailed on a $15,000 bond.