MUNCIE, Ind. - Police said a Muncie woman repeatedly hit her boyfriend’s daughter with a belt and "treated her like Cinderella."
Elgenia Bennett, 37, was arrested Tuesday on a preliminary charge of battery on a child younger than 14, officials said.
The girl told police that she got in trouble over the weekend for taking some toy teeth from her older sister and for burning some paper in the house.
Bennett is accused of hitting the girl on her back side and legs with a belt and causing severe bruising.
Officials with the Department of Child Services were called to the girl’s school this week after staff members noticed she was having trouble sitting down in her seat.
The young girl was taken to the hospital, officials said.
"You're allowed to spank your child, but when it comes to leaving marks and bruises, especially in this case, that's crossing the line," Muncie Police Department Sgt. Jim Gibson said.
Bennett had a warrant out for her arrest for failing to appear in court on another case.
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