- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A city firefighter has been placed on unpaid leave after her arraignment on charges she assaulted her child.

Hartford fire Chief Reginald Freeman said in a statement Wednesday that 34-year-old Aarvah Quinonez was placed on administrative leave without pay until further notice.

Quinonez was arrested Tuesday on charges of second-degree assault, third-degree strangulation and risk of injury to a minor. Police allege that Quinonez hit her child with a belt and choked the child. The Department of Children and Families notified police of the alleged abuse in February.

Quinonez has been with the department since June 2011. She was initially placed on administrative leave with pay following her arrest.

Quinonez was held on bond. She’s due back in court Thursday.

It’s unclear whether she has an attorney who could comment.

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