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Charges: Girl punished for joining social network

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — An Apple Valley woman is accused of striking her 13-year-old daughter with an extension cord after the girl joined an online social network.

The 34-year-old woman was charged Tuesday in Dakota County with a gross misdemeanor count of malicious punishment of a child.

According to court records, police were called July 25 about a runaway girl. Police found the girl, who told them she left home after her mother struck her with an extension cord and a flip-flop shoe.

The girl says her mother began yelling at her for opening a social networking account. The girl says after she was struck, she tied sheets together and climbed out the window.

Police say the girl had welts, lacerations and abrasions.

Online court records do not list an attorney for the mother.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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