A Louisiana woman faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on charges of abusing her boyfriend's 7-year-old son in 2015.
Morning Brooks, 47, of Kenner, is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 19 in connection with the charges, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.
Brooks allegedly struck the child on the head with a cooking pan, pushed tacks into his skin, punched him and forced him to kneel naked in a corner, Kenner police said, the paper reported.
The child was diagnosed in 2015 with a skull fracture, burns, bruises and cuts after his father took him to a local hospital. The injuries propmpted an investigation, the paper reported.
Brooks was arrested on March 31 and charged with cruelty to a juvenile on Nov. 20 by the Jefferson Parish district attorney's office, after more than a year of investigation, the paper reported.
She was released on bond Monday, FOX 8 in New Orleans reported.
The boy's father has not been arrested, and the boy remains in his care, the station reported.