A mother facing child abuse charges for holding her six-year-old son's hand to a hot stove has defended her actions, claiming the child deserved it because he is a 'bully' and animal killer.
Miriam Rebolledo was arrested in Miami last week after hurting the boy at their home. He was taken into foster care.
After posting $7,500 in bail on Friday, the Colombian native burst into a rant about gun control and parenting in the US as she made her way out of the jail.
'My son is so rebellious that he got to the point to kill an animal. What am I supposed to do?' she blurted out in Spanish in front of a pack of journalists.
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Miriam Rebolledo, 29, defended holding her six-year-old son's hand to a hot stove. She is facing child abuse charges
Without elaborating on what kind of animal the boy is supposed to have killed, she continued: 'All the news every day, you see young people – 12, 13, 14 years old – they end up in schools with guns, and in this country it’s so easy to get guns.
'You want my son to grow up to be a bully who beats up on kids?
'And he isn’t just going after boys, he bullied a girl,' she told one CBS reporter.
In court, the judge disagreed with her characterization of the boy.
'You have the cutest son. I met him this morning,' Miami-Dade County Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan said.
She admonished Rebolledo for her brutal parenting techniques, telling her: 'Maybe in Colombia it’s okay to take a child’s put their burning hand on the stove.
After posting bail, Rebolledo was filmed defending her actions as she left jail in Miami. She told journalists she was trying to control her son's bad behavior and that he had also killed an animal
'In the United States it’s not, that’s not proper parenting. That is never a proper way to discipline a child.'
Rebolledo told police earlier that she had decided to harm the child after being told by one of his teachers that he had hit another student.
She said she could not think of any other way to get through to him.
'The defendant stated she could not take it anymore, and had to use a more extreme form of punishment to teach the child a lesson,' a police report obtained by NBC Miami reads.
It is not clear how serious the boy's injuries are or who alerted police.
Rebolledo is awaiting her next court date on bail.
In court, judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan said there was no excuse for the mother's violent parenting techniques. The mother is awaiting her next hearing