Prosecutors say a good Samaritan called 911 after a mother allegedly beat her teenage child with a belt, causing visible marks, near Gurnee on Wednesday.
Thalia Quebrado, 34, of the 37000 block of North Grandwood Drive in Gurnee, was charged with domestic battery causing bodily harm and domestic battery physical contact.
Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Dino Katris said the victim in the case is Quebrado’s 14-year-old daughter.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded after receiving a 911 call from a good Samaritan who saw the child hiding in a bush.
The 14-year-old child told deputies that she was being punished by her mother for being late for school.
Quebrado used a leather belt to hit the child on her arms and legs, Katris said during a Thursday bond hearing.
The child tried to defend herself by grabbing the wrists of her mother.
Deputies observed marks on the girl’s arms and legs.
Katris said that Quebrado admitted to hitting the child with the belt.
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was notified about the incident.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak allowed Quebrado to be released on a $35,000 personal recognizance bond.
Quebrado is scheduled to appear in court again on September 14 for an arraignment hearing.