Crime

Miami mother accused of beating son, killing his puppy

Charlotte Wonjah
Charlotte Wonjah Miami-Dade Corrections

A Miami mother with admitted “anger issues” beat her young son with a rope, police say, and then killed his puppy by repeatedly slamming the animal on the floor.

“She did not want to clean after the dog,” according to a police report. The tan American bulldog puppy was only one month old.

Charlotte Wonjah, 26, a musician and certified nursing assistant, appeared in court on New Year’s Day on Thursday charged with aggravated child abuse and cruelty to animals. She remained jailed in the afternoon.

She was first booked into jail Tuesday night after Miami police said she attacked her boyfriend, Juan Suarez, when he returned home with clothes for their children – gifted to him by his mother.

“Him bringing home clothes from his mother really ticked her off,” said Miami Maj. Delrish Moss, a police spokesman.

Wonjah is facing two counts of misdemeanor battery for that episode. That night, police said, she also killed the puppy and admitted to the child abuse.

According to a Miami police report, Wonjah had beat her 8-year-old son on “several occasions.” His body sported bruises, welts and markings in different stages of healing.

Wonjah later admitted “she has anger issues and she lost control and beat the victim with a rope.”

The certified nursing assistant of the Flagami neighborhood is no stranger to domestic violence.

In April 2013, she was charged with misdemeanor battery and criminal mischief – also for an attack on Suarez, her boyfriend. She completed probation. She was also arrested for battery in 2008, a case that was ultimately dropped.

On her Facebook page, Wonjah recently boasted about her 7-year relationship with Suarez, one she admitted was tumultuous.

“Lol its been 7yrs now and the feelings is still the same for him nothing hasnt and will never change,” Wonjah wrote.

Born in Liberia, Wonjah also claims to be a singer and musician who blends African, American and Jamaican rhythms. Her public profile on her Facebook page features scores of photos and fliers of performances across Florida, as well as racy modeling photos of her posing in bikinis atop the hoods of cars.

“Growing up seeing the suffering of her people during the Liberian Civil war broke her heart to see so much violence and bloodshed,” according to her Facebook page. “So she decided on trying to heal the hearts and minds of her people and the world through the message of her music promoting happiness.”

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