A mother in one Miami-Dade city was taken into custody after she told police she locked her child in a large dog cage because he was “aggressive” to her.
Homestead Police arrived at the home, located in the 200 block of Northeast 12th Avenue in Homestead, on Monday after an investigator from the Department of Children and Families reported a bizarre punishment.
Once they arrived, police said 42-year-old Adriana Alvarado Gutierrez admitted she locked her son in the cage twice over the previous weekend.
Gutierrez told police she did it because her son “acts aggressively toward her and himself,” according to an arrest report. The child’s father told police he did not agree with the punishment.
The child was diagnosed with ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder and is on medication. Police said he had bruises on his back and arms, while Gutierrez had bruises she said was caused by the son kicking her.
Gutierrez is charged with one count of felony child abuse.