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Texas mother accused of breaking child's fingers, foot because home wasn't clean enough

Bernice Marie White. (Austin Police Department)

AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) - Police say a mother in North Austin beat her 11-year-old son 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 IH 35 after officers responded to a 911 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 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, where 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 allegedly beat him with the board when he put his hands and feet up to cover his face.

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