UPDATED: 8p August 23rd, 2013
BY: ANDREW COLTON, Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — A Boca Raton woman was arrested and charged with child abuse late Thursday when a teacher at Verde Elementary School called police after seeing a red mark on her son's face.
Micol Biasetti was charged with child abuse and spent the night in jail. She was released early Friday morning.
Biasetti's husband, Dario Passadore, tells BocaNewsNow.com that the arrest is absurd and says his wife — a super mother — did nothing other than try to calm her child down during a temper tantrum. He said his child told a teacher that “mommy hit me.”
That led school officials to call police, who wrote this in the official report:
“There was an imprint left from the slap approximately a day later on the left side of the child's face. I could clearly make out Biasetti's handprint on the left side of his face. Where the hand made contact with his face, broken blood vessels could be seen from where the hand made contact.”
Police also said an interview with the child yielded the following information:
“(The child told us) he was running around the room and not listening to Biasetti. He started to cry and laid down on the ground. The child advised that Biasetti then slapped him on the left side of his face. He advised that the initial slap hurt him last night but he advised although he was bruised today, the bruise wasn't hurting him at the moment…Both children advise their parents rarely hit them and when they are disciplined with getting hit, they are usually hit on their bottoms. It should be noted that the children were observed for further injuries with negative results.”
The injured child — under order of the Department of Children and Families — was examined at Boca Regional Hospital.
Passadore, who says “zero tolerance” laws in the United States need to be mitigated with common sense, tells BocaNewsNow.com that DCF investigated the family today and found no issues. A judge released Biasetti on her own recognizance. It is unclear if the State Attorney's Office will prosecute the case.
Biasetti has no record in the Palm Beach County computer database.