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The brother of Victoria Mojica, the Converse mom accused of beating her daughter in the face with a belt, said the accusations made about the woman are completely out of character for her.

Richard Reyes said his 23-year-old sister is caring, someone he considers to be a mother figure to him and his siblings.

"She feeds them. She cooks for us, her younger brothers and sisters. She takes care of us," Reyes said outside his family’s home on Sleepy Street Wednesday morning.

Converse police, however, said what Mojica served up at the home last week amounts to child abuse.

An arrest warrant affidavit stated that Mojica’s 7-year-old daughter told a teacher, school nurse and police officers last Tuesday that her mother hit her in the face with a belt.

The affidavit stated that school officials had noticed raised marks and bruising on the girl’s face.

When detectives interviewed the child, they said she told them that Mojica also pulled her hair, threw oatmeal across the room and sent her to bed early without any dinner, the affidavit stated.

The girl told police the fit of rage was brought on by spilled nail polish that damaged some property that belongs to an aunt, the affidavit stated.

"They said she did that. I don't know,” Reyes said. “It's not like her, and I haven't known her to do that."

Reyes said from what he has seen, his sister has always taken good care of both the 7-year-old girl and a younger daughter.

The older child has since been removed from the home.

According to Reyes, she is staying with her maternal grandmother in El Paso.

He said Mojica, herself, had a tough time while growing up.

“If you would ask her, she would tell you the things she's been through. She's been through a lot,” Reyes said.

At least one more challenge awaits the young mother: Mojica must answer to a charge of injury to a child.

As of noon Wednesday, she remained in the Bexar County jail with bond set at $5,000.

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