Woman charged after reportedly beating child with cord

Woman charged after reportedly beating child with cord


RACINE — A Racine woman who reportedly beat a boy with a cord for missing a school assignment is facing child abuse charges.

Cynthia R. Beal, 46, of the 2500 block of Lorraine Avenue, is charged with a felony count of physical abuse of a child, intentionally causing bodily harm, and disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Nov. 15, a Racine Police officer responded to an area school and spoke with a 12-year-old boy who said Beal assaulted him.

The night before, the boy said Beal had looked online and and saw that he had a missing assignment.

He said she called him into her room, made him strip naked and lay face down on her bed and hit him with a belt and a “red, white and yellow cord that plugs into the TV” between 20 and 30 times.

The boy rated his pain as a 10 out of 10 on the pain scale and said he was having a hard time walking at school. The boy also said he was afraid to go home. The officer reported that the boy’s injuries included “long, skinny, red, green, purple markings on his left thigh, left forearm and right hand,” which appeared as if it had bled at some point.

The officer went to the boy’s home and spoke with the boy’s grandmother, who lives with them. The grandmother said the night before she had heard the boy “scream like she has never heard him scream before.” A cord matching the boy’s description was found near the suspect’s bed.

Beal was arrested while coming home and taken to the Racine Police Department. She said that she argued with the boy the night before about a missing assignment. Beal allegedly admitted using a belt to hit him 10 times while he was face down on her bed.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11 at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.

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