Mom reportedly hits son who didn't give her Mother's Day card

Brandon Parsons
Мая 15, 2017

On Thursday, police responded to a call that a woman had beaten her six-year-old son.

Police said that when they arrived at the home, the child's grandmother was standing with two children, one of which was crying. However, the woman's 8-year-old daughter told cops that her mom was angry that he didn't make a Mother's Day card for her. WSPA reports the boy is 6 years old.

Officers said that they saw a handwritten card ripped to shreds at the scene.

The child and his sister, however, told police that their mother hits them all the time and that they are afraid of her, according to WBRC.

Shontrell Yurmeish Murphy, 30, is charged with Cruelty to children (Torture, deprivation), according to warrants.

The boy, who was transported to the hospital for evaluation, was later released.

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When she asked Murphy why she hit the little boy, she said "because she could", according to the police report.

The station reported that Murphy admitted to smacking the child but "does not believe it was in a hard or violent manner".

She also reportedly told officers that his mother hit the boy all the time.

Murphy allegedly told police the boy had behavioral problems in school and wants to discipline him, and that she didn't think she hit him too hard.

Today, she's facing a child cruelty charge in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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