Rhode Island

Police: Rhode Island Woman Purposely Dropped Child to ‘Teach Her a Lesson'

A Rhode Island woman is facing charges after police say she purposely dropped her child, breaking the child's arm, to "teach her a lesson."

WJAR-TV reports that Dignailis Estrella, 26, of Johnston, was arraigned on Monday and charged with first-degree child abuse.

Woonsocket Police said Estrella had described her child's fall in a phone call with her incarcerated ex-boyfriend, who then reported Estrella to authorities. Police say the child's punishment happened after a family argument.

Authorities believe the child was injured in March.

The Department of Children Youth and Families has taken the child into custody.

Estrella is being held without bail in violation of her probation for a previous conviction.

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