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

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    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.

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    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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