Woman ‘excessively hits’ her child during chores


A woman allegedly hit, pinched and scratched her nephew for not doing his chores properly, Laredo police say.

Mariel Carmen Viera-Peña, 46, the child’s legal guardian, was served with an arrest warrant on April 11, accusing her of injuring a child. She was released on bail the next day, according to Webb County Jail records.

The case dates back to Nov. 9, 2020, when Laredo police responded to Sanchez-Ochoa Elementary School at 211 E. Ash St. for a report of injury to a child. Court documents say a 12-year-old autistic child cried out that his aunt had ‘carried him excessively, causing bruises to his arms and back’.

The school counselor said she noticed the boy showing up to school wearing a jacket. But he didn’t have the jacket on that day, which made the bruises on his arm visible, according to court documents.

The boy told police that last week, at his residence on the 500 block of Baltimore Street, Viera-Peña verbally abused him for not washing dishes in a particular way. She then began punching and scratching his body, police said.

According to court documents, this was a common occurrence. Police noted that the child had multiple purple abrasions on his upper arms, back and chest. Small scratches were also seen on his arms and back, authorities said.

“The marks and bruises were indicative of something beyond physical disciplinary action and was apparent physical abuse,” the affidavit states.

When asked if Viera-Peña said anything when she pinched and scratched him, the child reportedly said, “You should clean the dishes properly and clean the stove, sweep the house, clean your dogs and give them to eat. He added that Viera-Peña told him “not to tell anyone,” the affidavit states.


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