CRIME
01/05/2015 06:36 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Pregnant Florida Mom Beats Son, Kills Puppy: Cops

A Florida woman says it was her temper that caused her to beat her son before killing his one-month-old puppy while he watched, police said.

Charlotte Wonjah, a 26-year-old Miami resident, was taken to jail last Tuesday for the alleged abuse and murder of an animal, Local10 reports.

A Miami Police Department report said Wonjah's 8-year-old son had "bruises, welts and markings" on his body after his mother beat him with a rope.

Police were called to Wonjah's home after she allegedly attacked her boyfriend there. The boyfriend -- who wished to remain anonymous -- spoke exclusively to CBS Miami about the suspect.

“My girlfriend just went ballistic and started hitting me, biting me and punching me and then my 14-year-old daughter tried to intervene, you know to pacify the situation," the boyfriend told the station. "She punched my daughter and threw her against the wall. That’s when I called the police. At that time that’s when I found out about her 8-year-old son who she had been abusing too."

Police said Wonjah slammed the English bulldog puppy on the ground repeatedly until it died in front of her son. Wonjah allegedly told authorities that she has trouble controlling her anger and that she killed the pet that both children shared because it had defecated inside the home.

“She beat the puppy because he went poop in a corner of the house and she took the puppy and threw it on the floor and when the puppy got up to walk, he acted strange and so she hit again and slammed his head down in the middle of the street and killed him,” the boyfriend said to CBS Miami. “It was my daughter’s puppy. I feel like [Wonjah] has no feelings.”

Wonjah told investigators she is four months pregnant with the son of her boyfriend. Wonjah was also arrested in April and August of 2013 for battery, according to the Miami Herald.

The Department of Children and Families has custody of Wonjah's son, her boyfriend's teenage daughter and the couple's 2-year-old daughter until a January 15th court hearing.

Wonjah was charged with child abuse, cruelty to animals, and two counts of misdemeanor battery, according to PIX11.

The boyfriend said he couldn't understand why she would have killed a helpless animal.

“That’s like a human being. You don’t do that to a little animal. It’s just a puppy,” he said to CBS Miami. “What kind of person are you?”

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