Police: Woman punched infant son because baby wouldn’t stop crying

ROGERS, Ark. — Police arrested an Arkansas woman for allegedly punching her infant in the face because he wouldn’t stop crying.

Britney Kierin Joe, 21, of Rogers, was arrested Sunday and faces two counts of second-degree domestic battery.

Joe’s mother said her daughter told her she punched the 3-month-old boy because he wouldn’t stop crying, according to an affidavit.

Her mother said Joe didn’t want her to call police because she feared being arrested. However, Joe denied hitting the boy and said she found him with the bruise around his eye, according to the report.

Another person who was with Joe said she also hit a 2-year-old girl on the head with a cellphone cord and then pushed her from behind.

The boy was treated at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest, where police noticed some darkening and discoloration forming around the top of his eye, according to the report.

Joe was being held Thursday at the Benton County Jail on a $7,500 bond. She has a hearing set for May 13 in Benton County Circuit Court.

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