Mom charged in beat­ing of son, 5

The News-Times - - NEWS - By Ken­dra Baker ken­[email protected]

DAN­BURY — A Dan­bury woman has been ac­cused of beat­ing her son after the 5-year-old showed up at school with blood on his coat, po­lice said.

The 26-year-old mother was charged last week with in­ten­tional cru­elty to per­sons/un­law­ful pun­ish­ment — a Class D felony — fol­low­ing a po­lice and state Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia is with­hold­ing the woman’s name to pro­tect the child’s iden­tity. The boy and an in­fant have been re­moved from the home, ac­cord­ing to the mother’s ar­rest war­rant af­fi­davit.

Po­lice said the boy went to his Dan­bury el­e­men­tary school on Feb. 5 with blood on the sleeve of his coat. A nurse con­tacted DCF after po­lice said the child told school staff that the blood was from his face be­cause his mother hit him, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

The boy told the school nurse that be­fore drop­ping him off at school, his mother hit him on the mouth with her hand and across the back of his legs with a belt be­cause he dropped a phone at a friend’s house that morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

The nurse’s DCF re­fer­ral noted sev­eral marks found on the boy’s body — a small bruise on his right arm, small scratches on his left cheek, two marks across the back of his left leg and three marks across his right leg, the af­fi­davit said.

The nurse told a DCF in­ves­ti­ga­tor the boy ap­peared to have dried blood un­der his lower lip when he came into her of­fice, and she had cleaned it up be­fore DCF ar­rived, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

The mother told po­lice that her son “started act­ing up and broke some­thing” in­side a neigh­bor’s house shortly after she dropped him off there on her way to work, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

She said the babysit­ter called her, so she went back and picked up her son, took him home and “hit him with a belt” be­fore bring­ing him to school, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

The mother told de­tec­tives that her son has behavioral prob­lems and she ad­mit­ted to hitting him with a belt other times, the doc­u­ment states. Po­lice later re­trieved the black leather belt from a crib in­side the boy’s bed­room, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

She ad­mit­ted to splash­ing cold wa­ter on him at times be­cause he “hates” it, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

The mother de­nied do­ing any­thing to her son’s face and told po­lice she didn’t see any blood on him prior to drop­ping him off at school, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit. She said her son has “a prob­lem with fre­quently get­ting nose bleeds,” the af­fi­davit said.

The mother was re­leased on $2,500 bond and is sched­uled to en­ter a plea on May 30 in state Su­pe­rior Court in Dan­bury.

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