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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Homestead woman accused of locking her son in a dog cage has been charged with aggravated child abuse.

Adriana Alvarado Gutierrez, 42, reportedly told a Department of Children and Families worker that she locked the boy in the cage as punishment because of his aggressive actions toward her and himself.

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The boy, according to the DCF caseworker, has been diagnosed with ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder and takes medication for it, according to the arrest report.

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The boy had multiple bruise marks on his back and arms, according to the report. Gutierrez also showed investigators bruises she said she got from him kicking her.

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The boy is now in the custody of his father. Team