APACHE JUNCTION — An Apache Junction woman is facing charges after allegedly hitting an 8-year-old child.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Carmen M. Miller, 49, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a minor under the age of 15.

According to court records, the child arrived at school on Jan. 21 and told school staff that Miller had hit him repeatedly. Staff noted visible injuries on the child and reported the incident to the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

The department notified Apache Junction Police the next day. Officers brought the child to the Pinal County Family Advocacy Center in Queen Creek for an interview. The child allegedly told officers that Miller had hit him on the behind multiple times with a belt, then she grabbed him by the throat, choked him and threw him down on a table.

Officers noted bruises to the child’s forehead, the left side of his throat near his cheek and on his behind.

Miller told officers that she had spanked the child with an open hand and grabbed him by the neck to usher him into a corner.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.