GREENWOOD — A Greenwood County woman has been charged with neglect after school officials noticed bruises on her sons’ legs.

Thirty-one-one-year-old Amy Elizabeth Rion-Wilson was arrested after the principal at Springfield Elementary School said she was concerned about a 7-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy.

A sheriff’s report says the boys told deputies their mother had whipped them because they were not working fast enough at their mother’s puppy mill. They said they sometimes didn’t finish until 1 a.m. The boys have been placed in emergency protective custody.

It wasn’t clear if Rion-Wilson has a lawyer.

Business owner Lisa Spear told WYFF-TV the operation is a kennel, not a puppy mill. Spear says the boys may have exaggerated after they were punished for their actions while Spear and Rion-Wilson were running errands.