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Aunt arrested after 2-year-old found bruised

DCF officials say daycare employees reported bruising on toddler

OCOEE, Fla. – Ocoee police arrested a woman on Monday they say abused a 2-year-old after daycare workers found bruising on the child.

Jamin Iran Jacobo Balderas, 34, was arrested after employees at the Good Homes Preschool found several bruises on the child's back and buttocks and reported it to Department of Children and Families, according to police. Balderas is the child's aunt and primary caregiver.

According to police reports, Balderas told employees at the daycare she spanks the child because the child wets their pants. Balderas told the director of the school she hit the child because the toddler was "driving her crazy."

Investigators found marks on the toddler's back and buttocks that were consistent with being struck by a loop-shaped object such as belt or a cord. Balderas told police she and her husband, Roberto, physically discipline the children rarely and they use a sandal.

Balderas has been charged with cruelty toward a child and is being held at the Orange County Jail. The children are in DCF custody and the investigation is continuing.