An El Mirage mother of seven was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of striking her children with a belt, El Mirage police say.
Juanita Renee Baker, 31, is accused of child abuse after her 8-year-old daughter told a counselor at Riverview Elementary School last Friday that the scrapes, welts and bruises on her left leg were from a belt her mother used to whip her, according to a news release issued by the El Mirage Police Department.
The school counselor notified police, who reported the situation to Child Protective Services, the release said.
An investigation by El Mirage detectives, with aid from CPS, led to the discovery that Baker had also hit her 5-year-old twins with the belt, the release said. During the investigation, detectives became aware that the mother was on probation for previous child-abuse convictions and informed her probation officer of the situation.
According to the release, the probation officer called Baker to his office near 59th and Glendale avenues, where El Mirage detectives arrested her when she arrived.
Baker later discussed striking the three children with a belt in a police interview, the release said. She was booked into the county jail and charged with three felony counts of child abuse.
CPS has reportedly removed Baker's seven children from her home.