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Hartford firefighter placed on unpaid leave after child abuse allegations

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Aarvah Quinonez (Hartford Police) Aarvah Quinonez (Hartford Police)

A now former Hartford firefighter accused of choking and beating her child with a belt is now behind bars.

Aarvah Quinonez, 34, faced a judge on Wednesday after a months-long investigation found she allegedly choked and beat her 10-year-old child with a belt.

She has been a firefighter with the Hartford Fire Department since June 27, 2011, however as of Wednesday she was placed on unpaid leave. She also isn't allowed to see her child, as a protective order was issued.

Her lawyer admits the allegations are very serious, and police said the abuse happened multiple times starting in 2015.

Relatives at Quinonez’s Branford Street home said they did not want to comment. Neighbors rushed to her side.

“I don't really think she would do that. They're really nice people and they're quiet and beautiful neighbors,” said Ailette Cornelius, who lives next door and said if the type of abuse that was described went on, she would have heard it.

“You never even hear them talking loudly over there and the kids are always coming over clean and are nice,” Cornelius said.

In court, Quinonez’s lawyer was looking for a promise to appear, but instead the bond was set at $100,000.

Her lawyer said there are several children living under Quinonez’s roof, yet this is the only complaint.

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