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Mother accused of branding her children with hot stick

Kayla Oxenham, 23, of Port Charlotte, Florida.

Kayla Oxenham, 23, of Port Charlotte, Florida.

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — A Florida mother is accused of branding her children with a hot stick so she would know they were hers.

NBC Miami reported that Kayla Oxenham, 23, of Port Charlotte, Florida, allegedly used a lighter to burn a stick and then used the stick to burn her children, ages 5 and 7.

The children said their mother told them she burned them so they could have ice cream and to identify both kids as hers.

Medical exams on the children showed at least one had injuries indicative of a burning. Both were injured on their arms.

The mother is also accused of grabbing her 5-year-old child by her hair and repeatedly hitting her head against a wall on another occasion.

Read more: NBC Miami

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