Miriam Rebolledo says she’s just trying to do what it takes to mold her son into a good man.

As WKMG reports, Rebolledo was eager to defend herself as she left court following her aggravated child abuse charges. Far from being chastened after receiving a lecture from the judge, the 29-year-old mother from Miami-Dade County insisted she wasn’t a bad mother.

After receiving a report from her son’s school that he had been bullying and hitting other students on Thursday, Rebolledo allegedly punished the 6-year-old by putting his hand on a hot stove. During the court hearing, Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan told Rebolledo:

“Maybe in Colombia it’s OK to take the child and put their burning hand on a stove, but in the United States, it’s not.”

However, outside the courthouse, Rebolledo said she was deeply concerned about her son’s behavioral problems and was trying to keep him from turning into a criminal or abuser. In the video below, she told WKMG:

“My son is so rebellious that he got to the point to kill an animal. What am I supposed to do? Stay home without doing anything for my son?”

Rebolledo referenced news stories about guns in schools and told CBS Miami that she’d tried other punishments and even taken her son to a psychologist, but nothing worked:

“It’s so easy to get those guns. You want my son to grow up to be a bully who beats up on kids? And he isn’t just going after boys, he bullied a girl.”

According to WPLG, Rebolledo’s son is currently in foster care, but several relatives have offered to let the boy stay with them instead.

Before driving away, Rebolledo said that her efforts to get through to her out-of-control child were misunderstood. She told CBS Miami:

“They don’t know the truth. This is the kind of thing a mother has to do so that her son can grow up to be a good person tomorrow.”

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