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Mom Faces Felony Charges After Using Belt on Kids, Police Say

The 38-year-old Port Washington woman allegedly hit her 12-year-old son and then 13-year-old daughter on the wrists with a belt.

A Port Washington mom faces 30 years in prison and $100,000 in fines after being charged with hitting her two children with a belt.

The 38-year-old woman was charged in Ozaukee County court on Tuesday with two counts of physical abuse of a child recklessly causing great bodily harm. The woman is not being named to protect the children's identities.

The 12-year-old boy told police that about 6:30 a.m. Monday his mother used a leather belt and hit his forearm, leaving a mark that measured 6 to 8 inches in length that caused him "pain," according to the criminal complaint.

The daughter, who turned 14 the day after the incident, told police she tried to intervene while her mom was hitting her brother, the complaint said. Her mother then grabbed her by the hair and puller her out of the house using "very bad words," toward the girl. The mother drove her to Upper Lake Park where she struck the daughter with the belt, also on her forearm.

The woman shows no prior criminal record in CCAP. She is out of custody on a $1,000 signature bond and is expected to appear in court at 10 a.m. Feb. 12 for status hearing.

morninmist February 04, 2013 at 09:32 PM
whow. what a bunch of poop!! .................... NObama 2012 11:35 am on Sunday, February 3, 2013 I would bet that the woman that hit her kids signed the recall petition ..........
Amitiel February 07, 2013 at 04:56 AM
Nice hate speech.
Amitiel February 07, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Nice hate speech. I would bet that the person behind NObama 2012 is a judgmental person with little discernment. And I would base this on the above statements of ignorance. Please don't prove that Oz County is full of a lot of uneducated opinionated bigots. Just don't speak, or type... at all.
Amitiel February 07, 2013 at 05:02 AM
Agreed. The "abuse" laws are applied loosely where it's convenient, and not applied where it is more difficult, but appropriate. Sometimes, at least. Not to say I think it's wonderful, but it's not a perfect simple decision or solution like "she must be a progressive" and that's why it happened... tempers flare on all sides of all spectrums and it's unfortunate when children are in the mix.
Kathy February 10, 2013 at 06:32 AM
Maybe rhe daughter had to be some place and the mother was taking her there and the kid started spouting off? Maybe the mother was trying to diffuse the situation be separating the two kids. WE DO NOT KNOW. Kids say things, they lie who knows. Just because you are unable to look at a bigger picture and chose to see things based om your own prejudices this should not pave a way for you to endlessly question other points of view. And yes, things like this do happen. My dad once removed me from the home to send a very clear message. After having my rear tanned I threatened to runaway and go to police. He drove me to police station, on the way anytime I spouted off I received his right hand on my face. Guess what? I deserved it. I was disrespectful as were my younger siblings. WE ended up at the old Sentry store in Grafton. It was the 70's, child rearing was a family affair. Sheesh I can even remember my neighbors having the power to see me get spanked. Kids did not disrespect any adults back then. Ya my story and generalized perhaps, all I'm saying is it's a different world out there now with kids and parenting choices / rights. On another note. Kids today are taught in school that if they feel threatened they should call police, Teachers also watch for signs of abuse. My son walked into a display case at a store and had bruised eye. The school called CPS, I endured a "witch hunt" and I was not alone. Targetted because we were single moms. FIN

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