South Florida mother accused of burning son's hand on hot stove as punishment

Miriam Rebolledo arrested after turning to 'more extreme form of punishment'

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A South Florida woman is accused of burning her son's hand on a hot stove as punishment for his bad behavior.

Miriam Rebolledo was arrested Thursday on a charge of aggravated child abuse.

According to a police report, Rebolledo put the 6-year-old boy's hand on the stove Wednesday "to punish him for hitting other students in school."

Police said Rebolledo told them she has repeatedly tried to correct her son's behavior "by using other methods of punishment, to no avail."

According to the report, the 29-year-old mother said she "could not take it anymore" and needed "a more extreme form of punishment" to teach the boy a lesson.

Rebolledo was arrested and booked into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

She appeared in court Friday, where a judge chastised her for her actions.

"Maybe in Colombia it's okay to take a child and place their hand on a burning stove, but in the United States it's not. That's not proper parenting," the judge said.

The judge also told Rebolledo that her son now has to suffer the consequences of her actions by being placed into foster care.

"You have the cutest son. I met him this morning," the judge said. "He's very sad that he has to go to foster care."

Rebolledo was ordered held on a $7,500 bond.