LOMPOC, Calif. -

The Lompoc Police Department arrested 37-year-old Laura Duarte for physically abusing a nine-year old boy who was in her care.

Duarte was arrested at her home today without incident.  After her arrest, she was interviewed and admitted to several acts of abuse against the nine year old victim. 

Approximately three days ago, Child Welfare Services received information regarding the possible physical abuse of a nine year old boy.  Child Welfare Services passed the information to the Lompoc Police Department.  The investigation was conducted by detectives of the investigative section.  After a short but intense investigation involving multiple interviews, the detectives were able to substantiate the report of physical abuse.

Duarte was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for felony child abuse.  Her bail is set at $100,000.