Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies were called to meet with North Charleston police at the Joseph Pye Elementary School for possible child abuse.
Deputies met with a five-year-old child with multiple bruises and red marks. The injuries were on the thighs, waist, under an arm and lower back. Deputies took photographs of the injuries and called EMS because the victim complained of pain.
Police were told, by the child, that the victim’s father had “spanked” the child with a belt the night before. The child’s teacher told police that the previous day, the child had some discipline problems at school and that she had sent a note home regarding the issue. The victim told police that was the reason for the “spanking.”
Police contacted the victim’s mother requesting her to come to the school. When she arrived she was read her Miranda Rights. She waived her right to counsel and told police she had spanked the victim because of the note sent home. She told police she used a folded up belt and the spanking had taken place around 4:30 p.m. She told police that later in the evening, the victim’s father came home and also spanked the child again. She told police she could hear the victim screaming while she was in the shower, but did not see the spanking. The mother abruptly asked for a lawyer, so the interview was terminated.
Police noted there were two other children at the home and due to the severity of the injuries to the five-year-old, police did not feel it safe to send any of the children back to the home. Dorchester County Department of Social Services were notified and the children were placed into emergency protective custody.