Lisa Marie Weaving, 35, told authorities she whipped her 8-year-old daughter with the rod after she came home from school with a bad report, according to Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. James Kelly.
DFCS took custody of the child whose back was covered in numerous welts and bruises.
The child's father, 45-year-old Jackie Bernard Green, was also charged after investigators determined the residence on the 2400 block of Bahama Drive was "unlivable."
Weaving was charged with second degree cruelty to children. Both parents were charged with deprivation of a minor.