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Mother arrested after reportedly punching daughter for smoking her marijuana

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A 31-year-old mother faces a charge of aggravated child abuse after police say she punched her daughter in the nose for taking her marijuana and smoking it.

Kewendi Bivens has a $40,000 bond set after Chattanooga police responded to a residence on Sixth Avenue Wednesday evening and found her on top of her daughter. Her daughter’s nose was profusely bleeding, according to an affidavit of complaint.

When police separated the two, the daughter told police that her mother punched her and later choked her. Her mother had asked if she wanted to take a beating or go to jail for taking the marijuana, she told police.

Bivens admitted to officers that she had punched and choked her daughter.

When officers asked, Bivens’ daughter declined an ambulance.

Her mother told police, “All I did was punch her in the nose, she’ll be alright.”

Police contacted Child Protective Services and made a report.

When Bivens was taken into custody, she reportedly went limp and had to be carried to the patrol car. She went on use racial slurs, kick the window of the car and spit inside the car, according to the report.

Bivens is expected to appear before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom on Dec. 11.

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