JOHNSON CITY, TENN. -

A Johnson City woman is facing child abuse charges after police say she hit her 8-year-old son with a plastic coat hanger.

Ateela McClain was booked into the Washington County, Tennessee detention center.

Police say the 8 year old boy had bruises on his arms, legs and back.  The boy told police that his mother hit him with a plastic coat hanger.

Police say McClain admitted hitting the child as a means of discipline.

McClain is charged with one count of child abuse and neglect.