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A Great Falls woman is facing child abuse charges after disturbing surveillance video

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A Great Falls woman is now facing several charges including two counts of assault on a minor, after surveillance video reportedly shows her abusing her children.

On February 28, 2018 Officer Marshall of the Great Falls Police Department responded to the local Department of Health and Human Services for a report of two juveniles who had suspicious bruising.

An 8-year-old boy had bruising on both arms and legs, and a 7-year-old girl had a large bruise and scratch near her right eye and cheek.

Their mother, identified as Amber Burnett, said that the 8-year-old often plays with their Siberian Husky and was bit. She also said she believed some of the bruising was caused at school while he was playing.

Burnett also denied being physical with him, other than grabbing his arm when he didn't listen.

Burnett said her 7-year-old daughter was jumped on by their Siberian Husky in the back yard and was knocked to the ground. She also said a snowball was thrown at her face and that's what caused the bruising.

Detective Cunningham conducted a follow up investigation on March 1, 2018. 

The 7-year-old was reportedly very hesitant to speak with officials and said that her mom "never yells" and "rarely spanks."

The 8-year-old boy said that he "sometimes" gets spankings.

Both children attributed bruising to dogs.

The children were evaluated by a doctor, who determined that some of the markings could have been from dogs, but others appeared to be grab marks.

Burnett was interviewed on March 22. She talked about using the corner, redirection and gymnastics restriction as punishment for her children. She said when that didn't work she would send the kids to their rooms. 

Burnett also described spanking her son when he is out of control.

Burnett's cellphone was seized and a search warrant was issued to search the phone. There were several things in her phone's web history, such as 'parenting classes' and 'what happens once abuse and neglect is reported?"

Burnett also texted someone in February saying "I am lucky I am not sitting in jail."

The counselor at Riverview, where the kids go to school, said that the kids come to school dirty and hungry. The counselor also says the children are very guarded when talking about their mother.

The counselor said that Burnett would yell at them about how awful they are and how they need to be punished more.

Burnett's prior roommate was interviewed, and said that she was "absolutely abusing the children."

He had video surveillance of the abuse, which was placed into evidence.

On one occasion the old roommate said Burnett tased her daughter and she screamed in pain.

He said he intervened and took the taser away. 

The taser and surveillance video was given to police.The footage of the abuse was reported to be difficult to watch. Detectives are still going through it all.

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