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Zephyrhills police: Plant City woman shook, threw 3-year-old

ZEPHYRHILLS — A Plant City woman was arrested Wednesday in Zephyrhills, accused of throwing a 3-year-old girl into a wall, pulling her hair and slapping the child in the face.

At 5:45 Wednesday afternoon, Jessica Marie Esquibel, 25, picked up the toddler, shook her by the arms and told her to "shut the f--- up," according to a Zephyrhills police report.

Esquibel then threw the girl against a wall where she landed on some chairs, the report states. Witnesses told officers that Esquibel also grabbed the girl by the hair and slapped her in the face repeatedly.

Police responded to 5855 11th St. Esquibel told them she only spanked the girl for misbehaving, the report states.

The girl was not injured, police said. Due to the nature of the allegations, police did not describe Esquibel's relationship to the girl.

Esquibel, of 3601 W Baker St. in Plant City, was arrested and charged with child abuse. She remained Thursday in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Zephyrhills police: Plant City woman shook, threw 3-year-old 12/20/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 20, 2012 7:57pm]

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