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26-year-old Texas mother of six charged with child abuse

Published On: Mar 23 2013 01:39:36 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 23 2013 05:49:25 PM CDT
Child abuse
EDINBURG, Texas -

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) - A 26-year-old South Texas mother of six is charged with injury to a child after authorities say she tried to discipline her 2-year-old son by holding his hand over a kitchen stove burner flame.
    
Claudia Ponce was arraigned Friday and is jailed in Hidalgo County under $500,000 bond.
    
Sheriff Lupe Trevino says it's the worst case of child abuse he's seen in his 41-year career.
    
Court documents reviewed by the The Monitor newspaper (http://bit.ly/11uGCdX ) show Ponce contended the boy burned himself by grabbing a hot pot from the stove.
    
Trevino says Ponce told authorities she was in the country illegally from Mexico and worked as a prostitute.
    
The 2-year-old was taken to a burn center in Galveston. Her other children have been taken into care of child welfare authorities.