ST. PETERSBURG — A 7-year-old boy told authorities his mother repeatedly kicked him in the head this week after he got into a scuffle with another child.
The boy arrived at school Monday with "concussionlike" symptoms, police said, prompting officials to call investigators.
Several hours later, the boy's mother, Sophia Isidore, 33, of St. Petersburg was arrested on a charge of child abuse.
She was in the Pinellas County Jail Tuesday night in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Her son told detectives he was on a trampoline on Sunday when a playmate kicked him, St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz said.
In response, he kicked her in the head.
Isidore sent her son to his room, police said, but then decided to "show him what it was like," Puetz said.
Later that night, his mother put an ice-pack to his head, which had developed a knot.
The boy went to school the next day and was sick, officials said.
"He threw up at school three times and was sent home," Puetz said. "He had a headache."
Puetz said the boy told an adult what had happened, and also said his mother told him to lie to police.
He indicated there had been other hitting incidents, Puetz said.
Puetz said Isidore, in interviews with police, admitted she had been "agitated and angry."
Records show Isidore has a criminal record that includes a 2002 conviction for child neglect from Hillsborough County.
Details of that case were unavailable Tuesday.