JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police say a mother has been arrested after a note written by her child sparked an investigation into possible child abuse.
Hilda Ramirez, 32, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with cruelty to children.
According to an incident report, Ramirez's child wrote a note to an elementary school teacher on November 26 which began, "the things that bother me is everybody hits me."
A social service worker at the school was then called to speak with the student, whose age was not identified.
The report states the child told officials his mother hit him on the back with a belt, struck him in the leg with a coat hanger, and strangled him with both hands around his neck while he was watching television.
Police say a 3-inch red, swollen abrasion could be seen on the child's leg.
After noticing a small abrasion on the child's neck, the child was asked to pull down his turtle neck sweater revealing "red swollen marks on the left and right side of his neck," the report states.
Police say it appeared an attempt was made to conceal the injuries with cosmetics, and the child told police he was told to wear the turtle neck sweater.
The report state DSS interviewed the mother, and then transferred the victim and his two siblings to the custody of a family member.