Eleven-year-old Marcus said that his aunt, with whom he lives, got mad at him last night because he was picking on his younger cousin. She spanked him on the butt with a hairbrush, and when he laughed at her, she hit him in the side of the head and on the mouth with it. Marcus has dark purple bruising to his entire left ear. He has a cut on the inside of his lower lip which resembles the imprint of his two bottom front teeth.  Which type of abuse or neglect best describes this?

You may review the Recognizing Abuse or Neglect page for information on how physical abuse is defined by DFPS.

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