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Florida mother accused of abusing adopted 14-year-old son

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Posted at 9:09 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 09:14:11-04

MILTON, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida woman is accused of abusing her 14-year-old adopted son.

Santa Rosa County Sheriff Bob Johnson says it's the worst case of child abuse he's encountered in his law enforcement career.

According to jail records Patricia Hyler, 47, was arrested May 8 and charged with aggravated child abuse.

He told reporters on Monday that additional charges could be added once the investigation is completed.

The woman is accused of beating the boy with a dog chain, cutting his arms and legs and chipping his teeth with pliers.

She's being held without bond in jail.