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Mom accused of breaking daughter's arm with broomstick works for Nassau County Department of Social Services, attorney says

A Hempstead woman broke her 10-year-old daughter's arm with a broomstick and was arrested after the girl complained to a teacher about her injury, Nassau police said Tuesday.

First Squad detectives said the mother, 53, was arrested Monday, after her daughter went to school with an injured arm and swelling in her elbow and hand.

The mother works for the Nassau County Social Services Department as a fair hearing officer for the medical assistance unit, her attorney said. Newsday is withholding the woman's name to protect the child's privacy.

Police said a teacher noticed the swelling after the girl complained about the pain.

"A subsequent investigation conducted at the school by the administration and Child Protective Services disclosed that the victim, on Sunday the 7th, was hit with a broomstick by her mother, causing the injury," police said in a release.

The girl was taken to a hospital, where it was determined her arm had "sustained a fracture," police said.

The mother pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead to felony second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Her attorney, Joann Squillace of Jamaica Estates, said Tuesday night the mother was preparing to make bail of $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash.

"She looks forward to her day in court and looks forward to this matter being resolved so she can get back to being a mother to her three daughters," Squillace said.

Squillace said there was no word from the county on whether any administrative action would be taken.

With Gary Dymski

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