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Police: Mother Assaulted Girl, 3, For Microwaving Cellphone

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A mother was arrested this week, on charges that she assaulted her 3-year-old daughter after the child destroyed her cellphone by cooking it in the microwave oven.

Police sources told CBS 2 that Krystle Reyes, 28, was arrested at her apartment on West 49th Street in Hell's Kitchen at 5 p.m. Thursday, after neighbors called 911 to report a commotion.

When officers arrived, they found the girl in the bathtub with a cut below her right eye, as well as bruises on her back, right arm, left ear and neck, sources said.

Reyes told police she grabbed the girl by the arm, placed her in the tub and smacked her, sources said.

The child was hospitalized and the city Administration for Children's Services was notified, sources said.

Reyes was charged with assault of a child less than 7 years old and reckless endangerment, police said.

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