Child, 9, says relative struck him on head with school project and toy gun, according to BCSO

Affidavit: Woman told BCSO that she was ‘frustrated’ with child’s behavior

Brenda Houston, 67, was charged with injury to a child with the intent of bodily injury, a third-degree felony, booking records with the Bexar County Jail show. (Bexar County Jail)

SAN ANTONIO – A woman was arrested after a child went to school with visible injuries and said the woman broke a class project over his head, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

Brenda Houston, 67, has since been charged with injury to a child with the intent of bodily injury, a third-degree felony, booking records with the Bexar County Jail show.

An arrest warrant affidavit states that the child, 9, went to school on Monday with bruising on his arms and legs.

When asked about the injuries, the boy said that Houston, a relative, recently struck him with a belt, broke a volcano project made of paper-mâché over his head, and hit him with a toy gun, the affidavit states.

The school nurse documented the bruises and cuts, and staff notified law enforcement and Child Protective Services.

Houston later admitted to authorities that she struck him with a belt, but said the project fell on him amid the commotion, the affidavit states.

“Brenda admitted she might have gone too far with corporal punishment but stated she was frustrated with the child victim’s constant bad behavior,” the affidavit states.

Records show she was booked into the Bexar County Jail on Monday night. Her bond is set at $10,000.

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