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New details in Hartford firefighter child abuse case released

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Aarvah Quinonez (Hartford Police) Aarvah Quinonez (Hartford Police)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A Hartford firefighter is out on bond, even though she is accused of securing her daughter to a pole and reportedly beating her with a belt.

Aarvah Quinonez appeared in court on Wednesday after she was accused of choking and beating her daughter.

Court documents released on Thursday described an incident that happened in early February which triggered the investigation.

Police said Quinonez thought her daughter was stealing a phone, when in reality she said she was charging it.

Quinonez allegedly beat her daughter with a belt and forced her to take a cold shower and get changed in the dark, removing a light bulb from a lamp.

The 10-year-old victim called her father, who is in North Carolina, telling him about the incident.

Police said when Quinonez heard about that she “Grabbed her by the throat, pushed her up against a wall and started to scream and yell."

The Department of Children and Families investigated and a doctor’s report showed the victim suffered from abrasions to the eyebrow, nose, beck and thigh, and bruises to the cheek, lip, wrist and bank.

During the investigation, officials said the victim told them about a basement beating where she said she was taped to a metal pole and “whooped” with a leather belt.

When police got involved, Quinonez allegedly told the victim not to talk to officers while she told police her daughter would “make up stories to get her in trouble.”

On Wednesday, as a potential defense, Quinonez’s lawyer pointed to her clean criminal record and the fact that the other children in the home never filed any complaints.

Quinonez does have a GPS monitoring bracelet and she can’t come in contact with the victim who is staying in a different home.

The Hartford Fire Department has put her on unpaid leave for the investigation.

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