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Babysitter struck child with belt, deputies say

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Osceola County Sheriff's deputies arrested a woman after receiving a complaint that she struck a child who was under her care with a belt.

Rebeca Carvajal, 29, of Kissimmee, faces charges of domestic aggravated child abuse and child neglect.

The investigation began on January 22, when deputies took a possible child abuse report. The complainant indicated her relative, a 6-year-old girl was under the care of Carvajal when Carvajal struck the child with a belt.  The child had bruising around both of her eyes.

Deputies spoke with Carvajal who indicated she watches the child frequently and typically disciplines her by spanking the child with her hand or a belt. In this instance, which took place several weeks before, Carvajal accidentally hit the child's face with the belt. She did not seek medical attention for the child, even though there was severe bruising on her face.

Deputies also spoke with the victim who confirmed Carvajal hit her on the back of the head with a belt and that the belt had hit her face.

Carvajal was placed under arrest.  The Department of Children and Families was notified, and the child was placed with another family member.

The investigation is on-going with additional charges pending.


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