AUSTIN -- A mother accused of abusing her child has a previous charge for family violence, police say.
Brittany Smith's eight-year-old son told a teacher at Palm Elementary School that Smith hit him on the face hard enough to leave a two-inch mark. One of Smith's other two children says she stepped on his face with her shoe while spanking him with a belt.
Smith has a previous arrest for assault causing injury to a family member from 2011.
Her children are currently in their paternal grandfather's custody.