Florida mom arrested for branding daughters to identify them

By Michelle Kapusta,

A Florida mother has been charged for allegedly branding her children with a stick to identify them.

According to WINK, Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested Kayla Oxenham for child abuse on Tuesday after she allegedly burned her two daughters with a hot stick.

FOX 4 reported that the Florida Department of Children and Families started investigating Oxenham back in March for allegations of child abuse.

Workers at the girls’ day care called authorities after noticing marks on their bodies.

The 23-year-old’s daughters told investigators that their mother burnt them for the purpose of identifying them and then promised them ice cream after the assault.

Oxenham allegedly lit a stick on fire with a lighter and then put it to the girls’ arms.

The seven-year-old also said that her mom got mad at her five-year-old sister prior to the branding incident and allegedly slammed her head into a wall and kicked her as punishment.

The mother denied the allegations and was released on $15,000 bond. Her court date has not been set.



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