Published: Aug 26, 2013 5:17 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 26, 2013 6:10 PM EDT

ESTERO, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's deputies arrested 35-year-old Shurlene Elmer after she allegedly dragged a child across the Coconut Point Mall parking lot by his hair on Friday.

The boy suffered multiple injuries on his legs, head and body, and was transported to Healthpark Hospital for treatment.

Nine witnesses gave deputies sworn statements. Some said Elmer was intoxicated and threw the boy to the ground. Others said Elmer grabbed him by his hair and dragged him.

Deputies concluded Elmer intentionally inflicted physical and mental injury to the child.