Austin mother accused of breaking child's fingers after not cleaning home

Bernice Marie White, 30, is charged with injury to a child, a third degree felony. (Photo courtesy: Austin Police)

Police say a mother in North Austin beat her 11-year-old child with a piece of lumber after their apartment was not cleaned to her satisfaction -- breaking three of the boy's fingers and fracturing his foot.

According to the arrest affidavit, Bernice Marie White, 30, is charged with injury to a child, a third degree felony.

The investigation began Friday, April 1 at the Cricket Hollow apartments located at 11441 North I-35 after officers responded to a 9-1-1 call for a family disturbance.

The fight was between White and her adult sister. Court documents say White had broken her sister's arm in the fight after striking her with a 1x4 board.

When officers checked the apartment for any other victims they found two children in a bedroom. The older child, an 11-year-old boy, had an ACE bandage on his right hand and swelling, bruising and redness to his right upper thigh and left forearm, the affidavit says.

The child was transported to a hospital were doctors determined three of his fingers and his left foot had been fractured. He also suffered bruising to his face, back and upper and lower extremities, police say.

Investigators say the beating happened after White had come home from work and became upset when the home was not cleaned to her standards. The child ran from his mother who chased him to his room with a piece of lumber. She beat him with the board when he put his hands and feet up to cover his face.

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