Woman slaps child with shoe

MANATEE — A woman was arrested on child abuse charges after she allegedly struck her 10-year-old niece with a shoe, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Marie Joachin, 44, is listed as the girl’s guardian, according to a report. Joachin reportedly was not happy with the girl’s language grade. As she was braiding the girl’s hair, she asked her to spell a word. When the girl made a few errors, Joachin reportedly struck her in the back with a sandal, according to the report.

The welt was consistent with the story, according to authorities.

The child fled to a neighbor’s residence at about 8:45 p.m. Thursday and authorities were contacted. Since Joachin’s arrest, the child was placed into care with Child Protection Services, according to the report.

The child’s mother is in an unknown location in Miami and her father is in Haiti.