Mother whipped, punched child, police say
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11:44 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11:44 a.m.
A Gainesville woman was arrested on Wednesday afternoon on accusations she punched and whipped her child with a couple of thin tree branches.
The Gainesville Police Department said Katrina Williams, 28, used two 18-inch long switches to strike her son on multiple areas of his body, causing several welts on the boy's left arm, lower stomach and both thighs. The boy also told authorities that Williams had punched him in the nose, causing it to bleed and swell, according to the police report.
Police said the boy also had older cut marks on his left arm, and he was taken to a hospital, the report said. The report did not include the child's age.
Williams told police that she used the switches to discipline her child, and that she struck the boy two or three times. She also told police that the boy injured his nose by running into the wall inside her apartment, police said.
Officials said she later said she was not sure if she had hit him in the nose while she was swinging the branches.
Williams was arrested on a charge of felony child abuse, the report said.