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Mother charged with beating 14-year-old with belt; father previously charged
Catarina Alonzo-Carmelo
Catarina Alonzo-Carmelo

A Gainesville woman was accused of beating a child with a belt and throwing her into furniture, according to authorities. The arrest comes roughly a month after the victim’s father was charged.

Catarina Alonzo-Carmelo, 33, was charged with first-degree child cruelty.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said Alonzo-Carmelo allegedly “beat her 14-year-old daughter on and about her back with a metal studded belt and threw her into furniture, causing a black eye.”

Investigators believe this happened between April 1 and June 24.

Deputies were called out June 24 to the home, and the victim’s father, Diego Jorge Diego, 35, of Gainesville, was also charged with first-degree child cruelty.

“Mr. Diego had beaten his minor daughter ... with a belt, on her back, leaving severe bruising and visible marks,” Lt. Scott Ware wrote in a news release.

Booth said Alonzo-Carmelo was being held at the Hall County Jail on a $8,450 bond. Diego was released from the jail June 29.

No attorney information was available Monday, July 29, for Alonzo-Carmelo, and Diego’s attorney Alex McQueen did not return a request for comment.

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