Florida Woman Arrested for Allegedly Pulling Girl's Pants off and Spanking Her for Not Picking up a Cockroach

A Florida woman was arrested on suspicion of child abuse this week after allegedly spanking a 7-year-old girl who didn't want to pick up a cockroach.

Ana Alicia Nobles, 29, of Pinellas Park, was detained on Monday at roughly 12:20 p.m. by officers from the local police department, according to a sheriff's office charge report. The incident occurred on August 17, according to local media outlet WFLA.

According to an arrest report, Nobles is accused of hitting the child with a leather belt roughly eight times after the young girl declined to pick up the bug. Shortly after, the suspect allegedly took off the girl's pants and spanked her on the buttocks while saying, "I hate you."

The unnamed 7-year-old was left with bruising on her buttocks, arm and thigh, WTSP reported. The adult woman was the primary caretaker of the child at the time of the alleged incident.

Nobles left the girl alone while she traveled with another 5-month-old child to a dog groomers, the arrest report noted. She returned an hour later and apologized to the girl. The bruises were spotted by a nurse approximately four days after the spanking, deputies said.

Criminal records posted online by the Pinellas Park County Clerk, partially restricted at the time of writing, confirmed that Nobles had been detained on two charges; child abuse and neglect of a child without great bodily harm. Both allegations carried a bond of $5,000, the filing said.

The sheriff's office charge report says the suspect was released after posting bond on the same day as her arrest at roughly 6:50 p.m. The report listed her address as Terrance North.

In a section for identifiable marks, police noted Nobles has a sleeve tattoo of skulls and roses and back tattoos reading "serenity courage wisdom" and "better to burn than fade away."

In Florida, child abuse is considered a third degree felony and punishable by up to five years in prison, five years of probation and a $5,000 fine, according to an online fact-sheet published by the Orlando-based criminal defense lawyer Richard Hornsby.

"The crime of child abuse is defined as an intentional act that causes, or could reasonably be expected to cause, physical or mental injury to a child," the legal expert's website explains, adding: "A child is defined as any person under the age of 18 and a caregiver is defined as a parent, adult household member, or other person responsible for the child's welfare."

If you would like more information on child abuse, need assistance reporting abuse, or to speak with a Childhelp counselor, please call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). The hotline is available 24 hours a day and all calls are confidential. For more information on the hotline, visit www.childhelp.org/hotline.