Published: Feb 27, 2011 6:59 PM EST
Updated: Feb 27, 2011 3:59 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida Panhandle sheriff's deputy is accused of hitting her son with her department-issued baton.

Escambia County Deputy Mildred Blanche Goodwin is charged with cruelty toward a child. She posted $2,000 bond Friday. She was ordered not to have any contact with her son.

The child's age was not released.

Sheriff's spokesman Chris Welborn says an investigation showed that Goodwin's actions met the statutory requirements for child abuse. Goodwin was placed on administrative leave.

According to a sheriff's report, the child suffered injuries to his right forearm and wrist when he blocked Goodwin's attempts to strike him on the leg with the baton.

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