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Mom Allegedly Punched Son For Not Being 'Good Enough' Lookout For Grandma

Police in Phoenix say they observed Rebecca Gonzales beating her son, who later told them he'd been recruited as a lookout for a shoplifting excursion to Walmart.

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In 2016, an estimated 1,750 children died of abuse and neglect nationally.

An Arizona mother is accused of beating her son in the parking lot of a Walmart so badly that he bled from his mouth after he apparently fell short in aiding his grandmother's alleged shoplifting.

Rebecca Gonzales, 27, was arrested in Phoenix on Friday after police officers observed her "spanking" her 7-year-old son before “slapping him and finally punching him in the face," according to court documents obtained by AZFamily.com.

"According to the child he was hit because he didn't watch out for his Grandma good enough," the documents claim. His mom had picked "him up from the Walmart where his grandma was using him as a lookout in a shoplift."

The boy was bleeding from the mouth, according to the documents.

Rebecca Gonzales

Gonzales was charged with aggravated assault. She’s due in court for a preliminary hearing on April 30. A bond has been at $2,500 for the mother and if she posts it, she’s not allowed to contact her child.

It's unclear is if Gonzales has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf at this time.

It’s also not clear where the child is at the time and if any child services office has been called.

No word on what, if anything, happened to the grandmother.

An attempt by Oxygen.com to get further information about the case was not immediately successful.

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