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Mother arrested for beating 4-year-old with coat hanger

TAMPA — Tampa police arrested a 25-year-old woman Wednesday on suspicion that she hit her 4-year-old daughter with a plastic coat hanger.

Shanta Shade Larkin, of Tampa, was charged with child abuse after she hit her daughter 10 times, leaving at least seven welts on the child's forearms. Her daughter also had welts on her upper legs, according to an arrest affidavit.

Larkin admitted to giving her daughter a spanking with the coat hanger many times, police said.

Larkin was taken to the Hillsborough County jail. She was released Thursday on $2,000 bail.

Mother arrested for beating 4-year-old with coat hanger 01/17/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 17, 2013 4:48pm]

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