Illegal immigrant in Alabama arrested for child abuse, now being held by ICE

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A mother in Foley, Ala. was arrested Wednesday after police say she tortured her 6-year-old son with a scalding hot spoon.

Maria CortesAccording to reports, 26 year old Maria Cortes was disciplining her child Friday, Sept. 8, when she heated a spoon on the eye of the stove, then pressed it to the lips of her child resulting in 3rd-degree burns.

School officials notified authorities on Monday that the child was missing from school and the police went to the Cortes home to investigate.

“She kept the child home and didn’t get him medical attention, because she knew she would be in some trouble,” said Thurston Bullock, Asst. Police Chief with the Foley Police Department. “Third degree burns to the lips you know that’s soft tissue area and just the singeing of that area. It was swollen and the child went without medical care for three days.”

Cortes was arrested with a $10,000 preset bond. She was almost released, when police discovered she was in the country illegally. A judge then reset her bond to $100,000 and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) placed a permanent hold on her release.

The boy received necessary medical treatment and was released into his father’s custody.

Cortes has until October 10, 2017 to request a hearing.