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School District Suspends Aide After Child Abuse Allegations

Sharon Walker is charged with abusing a 14-year-old boy while she was the boy's guardian.

A Waukesha School District employee has been suspended after she was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child and child abandonment. The alleged incident involved a relative and did not occur at the school, according to the criminal complaint.

Sharon Walker, 40, of Waukesha, was employed as a special education aide at Banting Elementary School at the time of the incidents.

The Waukesha School District will conduct an internal investigation into the incidents and Walker, according to Director of Human Resources Christine Hedstrom.

“At this point it does not appear to have to do anything to do with the schools,” Hedstrom said.

Walker faces up to 50 years in prison and $125,000 if convicted of the two felony charges.

According to the complaint:

The physical abuse was discovered after Walker tried to terminate her guardianship of a 14-year-old boy. The boy told authorities in November that on Oct. 23 that Walker had tried to hit him in the face and that she hit their house instead. Walker continued to try to hit him and scratched him in the face. The boy told investigators he grabbed Walker’s arms, which is when she bit him.

A medical exam that was conducted at the C.A.R.E. Center lead authorities to find scars on the boy’s body that were consistent with being hit by a belt or a cord. The boy told investigators then that he was abused over a period of time.

The boy told police he had previously lied about his scars, saying that he had fallen off a bicycle. The boy told authorities that Walker had whipped him with chords, choked him, punched him, thrown him down the stairs, hit him with poles and threatened to stab him and the rest of his family with a knife. That abuse happened between ages 10 and 13, he told authorities.

Police contacted Walker, who told them that the boy was disciplined but not abused. She denied leaving marks on the boy. However, she admitted she has hit the boy and two other children with her hand or a belt.

The abandonment charges stem from a incident on Oct. 25 when Walker woke up the boy in the middle of the night and drove him to Chicago to his mother’s home, the boy told police. The boy’s mother was not home, so Walker took him to a police station across the street.

Walker asked the Chicago police officers if she could leave the boy at the station, but they told her she couldn’t because she was the legal guardian. Later, the boy’s mother came home but the mother said he could not stay with her. Walker went to her car and left the boy in Chicago.

The boy told authorities he was unable to stay at his mother’s house, so he walked across the street to the Chicago police station. Chicago police filed a report on child endangerment and connected the boy with another relative where he could stay for a week.

When the boy returned home to Walker’s house, he discovered that Walker had cut up all his clothes when he was gone.

Dolly February 17, 2012 at 09:46 PM
What an awful way to treat a child and how bad he must feel knowing no one seems to want him around. I pray he gets a new family that will love and take care of him.
Marian Y. Brooks-Short February 17, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I agree Dolly - what a terrible ordeal for him to go through. She and other monsters who harm children should be put away for a long time AFTER they have the same things done to them.
samantha February 18, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Awwwwwww poor boy I know how u feel my parents were the same but don't think there is not some family out there that will care for u trust me I'm so sorry bout your caretaker prayers are with u and I use to go to Banting
Jenn February 18, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I have to say that I have known the mother a very long time. My encounters with her never gave me concern, she was always a loving and caring parent. I am very surprised to hear the allegations. Even a pancake has two sides to it, there may be more to this than what everyone is commenting on. Prayers for ALL involved.....
johncarter February 20, 2012 at 12:30 AM
She should be held accountable for her actions.
Qualece McClose February 20, 2012 at 06:50 PM
She should be banned from ever teaching again anywhere in the united states or the world for that matter. That was just down right wrong and ain't no excuse for it. She should be punished for the rest of her natural life for what she done to that child. I certainly hope she doesn't have any kids cuz if she does they better stay away from her. Ijs!
Wyatt February 22, 2012 at 03:48 PM
So the word Allegation means: A claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof. So you have to prove her guilty says the law. You people can't tell me you have proof of anything, Can you? Marian you can shut up cause people like you shouldn't be talking and oh I bet money you go to Church. John Carter get you facts straight. All of you can get them straight.
john williams February 23, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Hey yahoos(except for 2 or 3 of you)! Simply put, sensational. the media struck again. I will NEVER read an article the same way. Sharon is my sister, the mother is my sister, and the boy is my nephew; furthermore, "few years" means, "damn near his whole life"; ....and really..., guardianship is a ten buck word used for legal matters. See the personal reaction you'll get when you refer to even a good pet owner that has raised a dog from a pup as guardian. I've wasted enough of my time on you. I have a life of my own.
wisconsins finest February 23, 2012 at 08:20 PM
This is a lie I was there daily cause my children where in her day care, I also worked with her husband. He is just a angry child that lies and steal his way through life because his mom couldn't raise him. He has a lot of issues ask the school he attended, my kids went there as well and he was very known there not in a good way! This is sad she tried to help him all these year when his mom wouldn't and this is the tahnks she got. She had him since he was a baby, so where is the proof of abuse? FYI White America when we say whooping we me spanking. You guys associate whipping with slavery days, where we were whipped by whips. It is not the same I am tired of this being confused. Stop acting like you guys don't use belts on your children, maybe you don't that probably why they shoot up schools. You guys compalin our youth is out of control, but all we know is whooping cause this was done to us for all those years! Anytime you wanna her the truth justice department interview her family, friends, coworkers etc... She good cause with all the lies and stealing he did I would have been drooped his ass off to his momma. No I don't condone abuse, but this is not the case. Oh yeah and Sharon when ever you want my kids for child care let me know, cause I know this is not true. He just saying this, because you don't want him to come back with problems you have to deal with girl keep your head up.
wisconsins finest February 23, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Sorry misspelled words the screen cuts off the words.....
mon255857 February 29, 2012 at 05:29 AM
The "corner store baby" has grown up. Remember that? EVERYTHING done in the dark comes to light. Shame on you to those who know better.
Who really wins March 06, 2012 at 08:44 PM
He just can't control his lies
shatara Williams November 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM
butter bean has the same problems sharon had with me growing up.I aint faulting Sharon or Marcus but i can say there is a better way all of this couldve happened. True my mom has her demons true Sharon has her and most definitly coming from the both of them Butter Bean has his. Sharon comes from a house of disfunction, Butter Bean comes from a minor life of disfunction then being placed with my aunt didnt make it no better so who wins. I can say this Sharon does not deserve to be blasted the way she has in the media Butter Bean does not deserve to be blasted in the media or from people that say they know them in Wisconsin, its all propaganda and foolishness. Nobody but them knows how it was in their household so all you peeps that have negative comments GO TO HELL Sharon and Marcus need to sit down and talk to see where this went wrong take responsibility for each's action and keep it moving. This family has been through alot:this foolishness is not needed I love u both :I know through prayer and communcative resources this too shall pass. SHATARA.
john williams November 11, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Hi shatara Uncle John (June) You sound as intelligent as I hoped you would be. so many challenges...

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