Burlington man accused of knocking out child’s teeth with bar of soap

2013-08-22T19:42:00Z 2013-12-11T13:05:50Z Burlington man accused of knocking out child’s teeth with bar of soapKRISTEN ZAMBO kristen.zambo@journaltimes.com Journal Times

RACINE — A City of Burlington man remained free on a $1,000 signature bond on Thursday after allegedly knocking two of a child’s teeth out by shoving a bar of soap into her mouth.

Racine County prosecutors charged Samuel R. Martin Jr., 36, on July 26 with a sole count of physical abuse of a child for allegedly breaking the girl’s teeth on June 3 in a Burlington apartment, according to his criminal complaint, which was released on Thursday.

The girl’s mother, who knew Martin, told City of Burlington police that her daughter “was behaving poorly” and had cursed at Martin that evening. She told police Martin seemed angry and retrieved some soap to punish the girl for swearing, the complaint stated. The girl told police she was in bed under the covers when Martin entered her room and put the bar of soap in her mouth, breaking two of her teeth, the complaint stated.

Martin, of the 600 block of Meadow Lane, allegedly told police that when he removed the soap, he saw the girl was bleeding and he had knocked out a tooth, according to the complaint. The girl ran from the bedroom and Martin told police he didn’t know he’d knocked out two teeth until her mother told him, the complaint stated.

During his initial appearance in court Thursday on the charge, Court Commissioner John Bjelajac set a $1,000 signature bond for Martin and ordered him to have no violent contact with the girl and her family.

Martin’s preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 4.

The child abuse charge is a Class I felony, punishable by a maximum of 1-1/2 years in prison, up to two years on extended supervision and a fine capped at $10,000.

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  1. TO BE
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    TO BE - September 06, 2013 5:08 am
    I don't think you would call these boyfriends. Perhaps the better term is "sex partners". The mother is extremely disturbed. Kids are not being protected by the county, that has become obvious. It seems death is the only attention the county recognizes. Then it is to late. How many times does the oldest need to be sent to the hospital? Do they not understand he is learning his behavior from some one? JUST SAD!
  2. Oomfer
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    Oomfer - September 01, 2013 11:55 pm
    A huge thanks to the police department in Burlington. We have been filing complaints about this couple for two years and have gotten no where. The children are exposed to sex orgies swearing and violence all the time. The oldest who is ten has been running away and everytine the police return him. The cps worker in Racine stated she would quit her job before taking these children away. I was a close friend of Collett, the mother, and she makes very ill choices and is very sick.
  3. Oomfer
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    Oomfer - September 01, 2013 11:52 pm
    Incorrect. He is her second boyfriend. Her other on lives up north by Wausau. I know. I filed the complaint to the police, school, and cps
  4. TO BE
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    TO BE - August 23, 2013 4:51 pm
    AMEN TO THAT ONE!! Neither of the parents should have been able to bare children! The working people support them all!
  5. Kay Nine
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    Kay Nine - August 23, 2013 4:41 pm
    Eye for an eye, soap bar for a soap bar.... jam a bar into his teeth a few times. That would make ME feel better.

    As for mom, why is it we don't have permits for people to have kids?
  6. TO BE
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    TO BE - August 23, 2013 12:22 pm
    It is the mothers friend who lives there, and she is sticking up for him. She accepts this behavior. WT
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    TO BE - August 23, 2013 11:35 am
    This child along with her siblings need your prayers. The child(ren) are not protected by their parents, in fact the home behavior they have been subjected to has caused all of them psychological effects. Hoping this is just the first step in getting these children into a better environment!
  8. crazycatladyofcaledonia
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    crazycatladyofcaledonia - August 23, 2013 9:38 am
    "put the bar of soap in her mouth" "shoved" or "jammed" sounds more like it. And it sounds like mom just watched it all happen. I'm sure he was mom's boyfriend...
  9. Kay Nine
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    Kay Nine - August 23, 2013 1:40 am
    Instead of soap, perhaps the family can just teach the child to act properly? And maybe stop letting strange men discipline their child?
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