Boy says mom beat him af­ter visit

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­

A 43-year-old Cov­ing­ton woman is ac­cused of beat­ing her son se­verely Thurs­day, be­cause he went to visit his grand­mother.

The 12-year-old boy’s fa­ther went to the home to check on his son af­ter not be­ing able to get in touch with the boy, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. When he ar­rived, he re­port­edly found the child home alone and “bruised with a belt that his mother hit him with sev­eral times.” He called 911 due to the sever­ity of the in­juries to his son.

When the boy spoke with Cov­ing­ton Po­lice of­fi­cers, he al­legedly told them that his mother, Chastity Michelle Shep­herd, told him he was not al­lowed to go to his grand­mother’s house.

Af­ter telling him not to visit his grand­mother, he told of­fi­cers, his mother went to sleep and left him in the care of his un­cle.

The boy’s un­cle needed to leave to pay an em­ployee, so he took the boy with him. When the un­cle was fin­ished, he took the child with him to the boy’s grand­mother’s home, which is where the un­cle sleeps.

When the child’s mother woke up and found out that he was at his grand­mother’s house, he re­port­edly told the grand­mother that he was in trou­ble and “would get a whoopin’ when he got home.”

Af­ter the child ar­rived home, he went into the bath­room. Shep­herd re­port­edly came into the bath­room hold­ing two belts in one hand, and “be­gan to whip him with the belts.”

The boy al­legedly told

of­fi­cers that he at­tempted to get away be­cause the buckle was hit­ting him, so he ran out of the bath­room, but his mother fol­lowed him, swing­ing the belts.

He re­port­edly told of­fi­cers that he ran back into the bath­room and locked the door, but his mother got a knife and pried the door open. When she got in­side the bath­room, she re­port­edly threw the knife down, grabbed the belts, and con­tin­ued to beat him with them.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the boy ran into his room “where she punched him over the left eye, knock­ing him onto the bed.” She then left to go tovisit some­one at the hos­pi­tal, tak­ing the phone with her.

Of­fi­cers are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ac­cu­sa­tions made against Shep­herd by her son. The boy was taken to the po­lice depart­ment, where his in­juries were pho­tographed.

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