Published: Sep 16, 2010 7:47 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 16, 2010 4:47 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Palm Beach County mother of five children beaten by their father with the flat side of a machete has also been charged in the case.

Jail records show 27-year-old Latoya Richardson was being held Thursday on charges of aggravated child abuse and child neglect. It was not immediately known if she has an attorney.

A sheriff's office report says Richardson was arrested after she told investigators she could have left the home with the children, and Richardson admitted she had not done anything to help them.

The children's father was charged last week with aggravated child abuse and neglect. He told authorities he hit the children because he was stressed out and that "he knew he went too far with the discipline."