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Dunedin woman accused of beating child with shoe, hanger

DUNEDIN — A 24-year-old woman is accused of beating a 10-year-old girl with a shoe and a coat hanger on Monday because she was upset with the child's "poor behavior," according to an arrest report.

Christine Q. Chatman, of 542 Howell St., Unit A in Dunedin, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony child abuse.

According to the report, Chatman told a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputy that she did hit the child and that she "normally uses a belt which the children hid from her."

The girl suffered injuries to her left wrist and left thigh that have the potential to leave "permanent scarring," the report stated.

The Sheriff's Office did not disclose how Chatman knows the child or if she is related to her.

An unidentified person saw the child's injuries and reported the beating, the report shows.

Chatman, who was booked into the jail under the last name Chatham, was released later Wednesday after posting $5,000 bail.

Dunedin woman accused of beating child with shoe, hanger 02/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 10, 2011 9:10pm]
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