A Florida mother has been accused of punching her 10-year-old son in the face and dissolving her jaw after she refused to stop playing Fortnite.
Ann Perugia allegedly argued with her son when she would not wash, before beating him, South Daytona police said.
The 35-year-old had picked up her son from school at the beginning of the day and let him play the game online until 7 p.m. with his friends.
However, when she came in to check that he was ready to go to bed, she found him still playing, without having showered.
According to the police, there was an argument between the couple and Perugia lost his temper due to the boy’s attitude.
The boy told police that when he entered the bathroom, Perugia hit him in the jaw with his fist clenched, the Miami Herald reports.
It is said that he then called his father, Brian Butler, to pick him up.
Police reports say the boy’s jaw dislocated and he had scratches on his body.
Perugia has denied the claims and told police a completely different story. She says her son started undressing when he reluctantly went to the bathroom. When asked about his attitude, she said that he said, “I hate you and you don’t do anything for me!”
After leaving him alone, a few minutes later he noticed that he was packing a bag and talking to his dad on the phone. She claims that the boy threw stones at his car while waiting for his father to pick him up.
When Butler arrived, the boy is said to have told him that his mother had beaten him.
Police were involved after the boy’s aunt went to a police station to make a report.
The 35-year-old mother was arrested and charged herself with child abuse aggravated by physical injuries. She is currently detained without bail.
Butler doesn’t have full custody of the child, so he’s now staying with his aunt.
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