9:22 PM EDT, September 6, 2011
A mother is accused of a brutal beating at a bus stop. The mom said she was simply disciplining her 7-year-old daughter, but police said she went too far.
Latoya Price was arrested after someone called police telling them that a woman "had a child on the ground and was striking her repeatedly with a belt" at a bus stop in the 1100 block of North Lynhurst Drive in Speedway. Her 7-year-old daughter is now in CPS custody.
Lt. Trent Theobald with Speedway Police said Price admitted to officers that she spanked her child.
"Told them that she did take her belt and did spank her child in front of everyone at the bus stop."
Price said "she was disciplining the child for stealing a pack of gum from the gas station."
Lt. Theobald said spanking a child in public with a belt is against the law.
"When a child is touched with a belt, is hit with a belt in public then that's unacceptable and it is violating several laws."