A 26-year-old woman turned herself in to authorities Tuesday after her 7-year-old son came to school earlier this month with bruises all over his body, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.

Lucia Ramirez Dominguez, also known as Lucia Bererra, of Elm Mott, was arrested after administrators with Connally Independent School District alerted Child Protective Services about a 7-year-old boy who came to school Oct. 16 with multiple bruises on both sides of his face, McNamara said. CPS notified authorities, who investigated the incident and questioned Dominguez, the boy's mother, about the injuries, he said.

"Apparently, this incident happened on or about Oct. 12, but the bruising was so bad she kept the child home for about four days before she brought him to school, according to her," McNamara said. "The bruises were still pretty bad, and the school noticed them and notified authorities."

Investigators determined the incident happened at the family's Elm Mott home, McNamara said.

Detectives issued a third-degree felony warrant charging injury to a child. McNamara said Dominguez turned herself in Tuesday.

She later posted a $5,000 bond and was released from McLennan County Jail.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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