A 21 year old Racine mother has been charged with two counts of felony Child Abuse-Intentionally Cause Harm and was given a $10,000 signature bond after appearing in Racine Circuit Courts on Friday August 5th. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 17, 2016. (please note we are not identifying the defendant to protect the child)
According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Racine Police Department were on duty on August 4th at 3:30 when he noticed a Large group of about 9 children (ages 2-6 years old) standing at Washington Ave and Packard Ave. Upon further observation he noticed a child bleeding profusely from the knee and leg.
The officer stepped out with the children and the 2 year old injured child wasn’t verbal. Other children stated that the victims mother had pushed him down a few minutes prior to officers arrival and injured him. The children told the officer that there were no adults watching them. The officer and a neighbor began to clean the wounds and control the bleeding.
The officer was approached by witnesses who stated that she had not seen today’s incident but witnessed the child being abused the night before around 11 p.m. She stated she saw the defendant with liquor bottles and then they defendant was outside yelling at the 2 year old, hit him knocking him to the ground and was spitting on him.
Officers went the the defendants residence on Washington Ave to question her about the events. The defendant was angry with police and asked why there were there. She stated that her mother was supposed to be watching her child that day to ask her how the child was injured. When asked about the events the prior evening she stated she “whooped him”. Officers also spoke with a relative who also heard about the incidents but didn’t witness them. When police asked the relative why she didn’t intervene she stated that the defendant frustrated with the child because “he doesn’t listen very well”.
Investigators with the Racine Police Department and personnel with Human Services-Child Protective Services responded to the scene. Officials noted that the home was in deplorable conditions including piles of random clothing and garbage in the residence, insects observed crawling on the floors, and numerous flies throughout the apartment and that the only pieces of furniture were a dirty mattress in the middle of the floor and a chair. Child protective services took custody of the victim and the infant child that was inside the apartment.