Crime

Seven Phoenix-Area Parents Arrested on Child-Abuse Charges Over the Weekend

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On Friday, police in Mesa were called to some sort of a disturbance at an apartment near University Drive and Power Road, for the second time that day.

The first time, 39-year-old Kendra Drake and her 13-year-old daughter told police told police everything was fine. During the second visit from police, a few hours later, the 13-year-old girl "broke down crying and told me that her mother had hit her in the face with the leather belt but did not want to get her mother in trouble," according to court documents.

Police say the girl had bruises and marks on her face and chest.

Drake told police it was an accident, that she'd been hitting her on the backside with the belt when she fell, and accidentally struck her in the face.

Drake was booked into jail on a felony count of child abuse.

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Matthew Hendley
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