PALM COAST, Fla. — Flagler County deputies said they are investigating a case of child abuse that happened Thursday.
Deputies arrested 35-year-old Palm Coast resident Priscilla Florentino after they responded to reports of child abuse.
Deputies said their investigation began Thursday after they were called out to a Red Roof Inn.
Witnesses told the sheriff’s office they were upset after seeing a girl, later identified as Florentino’s daughter, who was handcuffed to a steering wheel inside a car.
A witness told deputies that Florentino said she was upset at the 12-year-old for alleged sexual behavior.
Other witnesses told deputies the child was seen with a disparaging message written on her head and her hair was recently shaved into a “military cut.”
Another witness allegedly saw the girl having a pipe shoved into her mouth, choking the child.
Deputies said they showed up at a home on Prospect Lane on Thursday evening for a domestic disturbance.
As they spoke with Florentino about the alleged abuse, she became combative and struck one of the deputies, according to a report.
Florentino was arrested and charged with child abuse and battery on a law enforcement officer.
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