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An Avondale mom is accused of carrying out some pretty brutal corporal punishment on her 10-year-old daughter.

Candida Romero reportedly beat her daughter "more than 100 times" with a clothes hanger after the girl snuck out while grounded, CBS 5 News reports.

Romero, who was convicted of abusing the same girl back in 2010, is now facing one count of child abuse.

Former "Nip/Tuck" star Dylan Walsh learned a valuable lesson this holiday season: Always sign a prenup.

Last week, Walsh's split with ex-wife Joanna Going became official when a judge signed their divorce decree. Since there wasn't a prenup, Going will be walking away with half of Walsh's earnings during the marriage, including half of his royalties from "Nip/Tuck," TMZ reports.

After three years of marriage, actress Zooey Deschanel and her musician husband Ben Gibbard are calling it quits.

The star of Fox's "New Girl" filed for divorce nearly a year ago, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the break up. The split became official last week when a judge signed off on the divorce decree, according to TMZ.

Three people were arrested this week after a Phoenix toddler was scalded in a hot bath.

According to authorities, it took Kenyatta Gill, Terrell Williams, and Aaron Alston several days to get medical attention for the 3-year-old girl. Now they're facing child abuse charges, AZfamily.com reports.

Sarah Palin's oldest son Track Palin and his wife Britta have apparently decided that one year of married life was enough.

The couple jointly filed for divorce in an Alaskan court, according to TMZ. Under Alaskan law, a joint divorce filing means that the couple has fully settled any property and custody issues, including how Track and Britta will split custody of their 1-year-old daughter Kyla.

A Phoenix couple was arrested this week after a toddler died in their care, AZfamily.com reports.

Ryan Reed and Allison Clement were reportedly running an unlicensed day-care facility out of their home. They called 911 on Tuesday to report a child who wasn't breathing. Savannah Cross, who would've turned 3 in about two weeks, was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Back in September, Laurie Lee Kelly reportedly left her 6-year-old daughter with homeless strangers so she could go have sex with two men.

Now Kelly, 43, is paying the price for her "manic sexual rage." On Tuesday morning, the Mesa teacher's assistant was sentenced to 30 days in jail and four years of probation, CBS 5 News reports.

The fate of Elizabeth Johnson, the mother of "Baby Gabriel," will be decided at Johnson's sentencing today.

While the jury failed to reach a verdict on the kidnapping charge, Johnson was convicted in October of custodial interference, unlawful imprisonment, and conspiracy to commit custodial interference. She could either walk away a free woman or face up to nine and a half years in prison, CBS 5 News reports.

A Scottsdale dad is accused of smoking heroin while staying in the same room as his 7-year-old daughter.

Police reportedly found heroin and prescription drugs in the room 30-year-old Keith Baldwin shared with his daughter, The Arizona Republic reports. Baldwin is now facing a number of charges, including endangerment and possession.

After a divorce, most parents fight to have their children as close to them as possible. Not Steve Nash, apparently.

The Lakers guard, formerly with the Phoenix Suns, is reportedly locked in legal battle with his ex-wife Alejandra Amarilla. Amarilla wants to bring their three children to California, but Nash wants the kids to remain in Arizona, TMZ reports.

So why is Nash trying to keep his kids at a distance? It may come down to child support.