PHOENIX – PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona police officers arrested a mother after she reportedly told police she didn't want her children any longer.
Police in the Phoenix suburb of Surprise say they received a 911 call Friday from an 11-year-old boy who said his mother was packing and moving to California and wasn't taking him or his 6-year-old brother with her.
Police spokesman Sgt. Mark Ortega said the boy's mother, Christina Muniz (MYOO'-neez), 29, came out and told officers that she was "sick of her children" and wanted the police to take them so she can "have fun and play."
Officers said they then contacted Child Protective Services.
Police said Muniz continued to be verbally abusive to the children in the presence of CPS and police.
As the children were being removed by CPS, officers said the 11-year-old attempted to hug his mother, and was met with a punch to the abdomen.
Muniz was arrested and charged with child neglect, felony aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.
During a court appearance Monday, a magistrate said it was heartbreaking to read the police report.
Muniz, dressed in her black and white-striped jail garb, told the magistrate it "was a big misunderstanding, miscommunication."
Muniz was then scolded by the magistrate who said she doubted it was a misunderstanding and that Muniz said a lot of things in front of her children. She urged Muniz to get counseling.
Bond was set at $20,000 and Muniz was ordered not to have any contact with her children unless it's supervised by the state.
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