NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. -- A local principal is facing child abuse charges.
Police say Ronda Lorraine Steinke-McDonald dragged a "defiant" child by his feet to a quiet room last month.
Police were called to the New Leaf School in Neptune Beach on Sept. 12.
Police say the principal tried to help a teacher deal with an 11-year-old boy who didn't want to get up off the floor, despite several requests by the teacher for him to take a seat.
The police report showed the teacher and the principal tried to pick up the boy and carry him out of the classroom.
Police said when that effort failed, the principal pulled him by his feet and dragged him over carpet, concrete and two door thresholds to another room.
"From her information and witnesses it was not an angered drag," said Lt. Adam Militello, with the Neptune Beach Police Department. "It was slow, methodical with continuous encouragement to have him make a good choice."
The boy suffered abrasions to his stomach, according to authorities. Police also noticed a significant scrape or a rug burn to his elbow. Militello said the principal told them she never intended to hurt the boy.
"She conveyed to me that if she had any indication of seeing any injury or hearing any kind of crying or wincing, according to her, she would have stopped that conduct immediately," he said
A month later, a judge issued an arrest warrant for Steinke-McDonald. She's been charged with felony child abuse.
Investigators with the Department of Children and Families were called to evaluate the boy's injuries.
DCF spokesman John Harrell would only confirm an investigation is underway and would not discuss any specifics. But Harrell said under similar circumstances, investigators would interview other students and school employees who may have witnessed the incident.
The Department of Children & Families would send in a child protection team to investigate whether abuse or neglect took place or could occur in the future.
DCF would also recommend the person under investigation not have any contact with children.