Foster mom pleads guilty for spoon-spanking

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Posted at 9:26 AM, May 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-21 05:32:41-04

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut foster mother faces 100 days in jail after acknowledging she spanked a 4-year-old girl with a wooden spoon.

Jami Littlefield pleaded guilty Monday in Superior Court in Norwich to third-degree assault.

The Day of New London reports Littlefield told authorities she paddled the girl on the buttocks because she was acting out.

Littlefield was arrested in January after the girl's biological mother noticed bruises on her daughter's bottom when the child bent over to pick up a toy during a supervised visit.

Police say Littlefield initially denied hitting the child but later said she spanked the girl only after the child struck her granddaughter, spat at her and used a racial slur.

She is scheduled to be sentenced on July 17.