Mom Enters Not Guilty Plea in Child Abuse Case

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 facing 30 years in prison and $100,000 in fines after being charged with hitting her two children with a belt entered a not guilty plea in court on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old woman is charged with two counts of physical abuse of a child recklessly causing great bodily harm. The not guilty plea means the case is currently slated for trial, though no date has been set; the defendant will appear in court again at 10 a.m. Thursday for further proceedings. The woman is not being named to protect the children's identities.

According to the the criminal complain, her 12-year-old son told police that about 6:30 a.m. Jan. 28 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."

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.

Kathy February 13, 2013 at 04:48 PM
"Causing GREAT bodily harm" Bravo DA Adam for the shock and awe! The belt mark measured 6-8 inches according to the 12 yr old. Pardon me, I can remember belt marks lasting a few days yet the day after no mark on the kid who claims "pain." The next day events are odd, why the mother pulled the 14 year old out of the house and to a park for her intervening the day before is anyone's guess. My money is on the 14 year old spouting her mouth off and threatening the mother with abuse charges. Maybe the mother was driving the daughter to the police station herself. I'm just offering a possible reason. Schools today teach children to call police if they feel threatened. Any call will usually activate CPS, then let the crazy begin. Some feel spankings or any physical contact as punishment is child abuse. When children are young the time out corner works well...sometimes. I t does not work with a 12 and 14 yd old. Kids that age are dealing with raging hormones and other pressures. I think this is a waste of taxpayer money to take this to a trial. Did CPS investigate and push for charges? I t does not appear so. Guess the DA was bored and needs a notch in his belt. If it turns out the mother is crazy, I'll eat my words. Child abuse is very serious charge. I think they jumped too fast here. Just like the man who was reported because his kids had dirty clothes. Man has MS wasnt eating and weight loss. Drug test was clean. He left with stigma of bad dad now.
jackie February 13, 2013 at 06:26 PM
All I am saying is that this is Ozaukee County. I think my comments were enough when the story first ran.
Monica Rowley February 13, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Kathy, no where in that article does it say that the mother took the child up to the bluff the next day. It says the daughter turned 14 the next day. I'm pretty sure you need to assume there were other circumstances that lead the police and DA to pursue charges in this matter.
Rik Kluessendorf February 13, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Should we hang her from what we know? Absolutely not. Judging and convicting someone based on this story is irresponsible. However, the story gives us enough - i.e. allegations of taking the second child out and beating her for intervening - that this should be in front of a judge. Then let the facts get sorted out and any punishment (or non-punishment) applied.
Kathy February 13, 2013 at 10:03 PM
@Monica@ Monica Pardon, it was Upper Lake Park. Most of my friends and I refer to it as the Bluff . I should have been more expressive in the statement of the area. The daughter turned 14 the day after? Yes, correction on my part then. The daughter was 13 and 364 days old. Pardon my sarcasm, if it matters I am smiling as it is a jokingly jab. Honest. I will not assume anything as to the police and DA's decision. Very recently (as I stated earlier) A man was hounded by police. Calls of concern because the kids had dirty clothes. Police accused the man of looking like he was on something. To prove his innocence the man got drug tested (at his expense). The drug test clean. The man has MS and due to pain was not working. He was not eating regularly so his kids could eat and he could afford some of his meds. Not eating caused a drastic and quick weight loss. Clothes were being hand washed to save on laundry mat expense. I am disabled due to a chronic pain condition and often times because of the nuerological medication I get accused of seeming drunk or on some street drug. People like to assume a lot. Paula Abduhl (ex Idol judge) has a chronic pain condition and on Nuero meds, look at how the media portrays her. Assumptions are the termites of everything. Think about it. :)
Monica Rowley February 14, 2013 at 02:16 AM
Kathy- I don't think you understand what I was trying to say. It wasn't about whether we call it Upper Lake Park or the Bluff. And it wasn't the girl's exact age....down to the very last day. It was the fact that the mother didn't take the girl up to the Bluff/Upper Lake Park the NEXT day as you stated. She took her up there the SAME day. The only events that took place the NEXT day was that the daughter turned 14. See where I'm going here? I agree with you Rik!
Kathy February 14, 2013 at 04:27 AM
@ Monica Okay, Okay. Ya, I misread. Apples and oranges. It's all in the courts hands now. I came out strong as a voice of objectivity because so many were too quick to cast the mother to the wolves based on two childrens reports of events. Should we listen to what children say? Of course. No matter how this ends, the woman will forever be labeled .
Matthew Drollinger February 14, 2013 at 06:29 AM
I never had children, nor do I plan on doing so, but this resurfaces an old question - If ANY physical punishment is legal, where is the line drawn? How do the courts define abuse? Is it only illegal when it leaves a mark? I doubt any parent who spanks thoroughly analyzes the amount of force they use, the surface area of contact, and the skin sensitivity when delivering physical punishment. The whole point of this type of punishment is to inflict SOME pain...otherwise it would have little effect. Not having children, I'm not sure if I would/could use physical punishment, but spanking does seem to have some merit - Explanation - We all hear stories of how our parents were punished in school or by their parents. Those of their generation seemed to turn out better (attitude) than kids today. At least one person I know has told me he's glad that his parent(s) physically punished him - that it straightened him out (again referring to attitude). Kids (not referring to all kids) today seem to think they can get away with anything... and perhaps they can. So at what point does punishment become abuse, and is that point something that can realistically be accurately measured and applied by a parent? I would rather see a parent spank an unruly child (who understands what they're doing) than allow the child to continue with that behavior. It also annoys me when a parent continually yells and screams, "stop it," without changing their tactic when the child's behavior persists.
Chad Kizewski February 16, 2013 at 02:33 PM
This is obsurb this women should not deserve any fines nor should she have deserved any court appearances. Ok now 10 years from now if you even lay a hand on your kid because they got into trouble or they did a drug thats starting to become legal in all states they can get verbally yelled at but they will never learn. Our society is going to go down the drain, because a parent was trying to do a right action for her kids to learn. See 20 years ago we all use to get the belt about 99.99 percent because we messed up. Now with time going on kids will not learn and never make it to college thanks Ozaukee County for making this into a problem coming up into the future
NObama 2012 February 16, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Never hit your child, never. My parents never beat me or grounded me and I turned out great; a rich Liberal hating right winger.
hell rell February 17, 2013 at 03:32 PM
The kids got a whoopin...so what...a lot of kids these days need it. Kids talkin back to parents and bein disrespectful then wanna call the police when their parents put hands on them. The mother shouldn't be charged wit sh*t....the kids need to be in court for being disrespectful
MS.Forreal February 17, 2013 at 07:06 PM
SHE'S faces more time then the guy who had sex with the 15yrs old girl. I don't understand
Kathy February 18, 2013 at 05:39 AM
@Liberal hating right winger It's good to know you have a hobby.
carrie carter February 18, 2013 at 04:46 PM
To all moms--go on strike until these kids give you respect. Tell them...if you are hungry cook...dirty cloths..do laundry..no money...work...need a ride...find one or walk. you have your rights, I have mine. you respect mine, I will respect yours...I told mine in the days of long hair for boys...If you think long hair is your right...It is also my right to go to your school in a bikini for teachers conferences and other things...soooo...let us show respect each other. it works!!! when my kid brother (20 years younger) told dad he would tell the teacher if he hit him....my dad just said...pack your clothes before you do that because you will no longer live here.
Chad Kizewski February 18, 2013 at 09:50 PM
I agree to carrie carters comment well done
TOM February 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM
SUPREMEcourt did a big disservice to this country when it took away the kick in the rear at home and at school now they put a kid on drugs no wonder there is a drug abuse problem in this country
TOM February 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM


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