SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP/WSPA) — Police in South Carolina say a woman was arrested for hitting her young son after he gave a Mother’s Day card to his grandmother, but not to her.
A Spartanburg Police Department report says Shontrell Murphy is charged with cruelty to children for hitting her son on the head Thursday. According to WSPA, the boy is 6 years-old. He was treated and released from a local hospital.
According to the report, the boy’s sister told police that Shontrell Murphy hit the boy hard because he gave his grandmother a card but not her. She then tore the card up.
WSPA reports Murphy told police the boy had behavioral problems in school and wanted to discipline him. She told them she hit him in the head, but didn’t think it was hard or violent.
The boy told officers his head hurt and he was sad, according to WSPA. He then apparently told a nurse at the hospital that Murphy hits him all the time and he is afraid of her.
Police say Shontrell Murphy has been released from the Spartanburg County Detention Center. It wasn’t clear Sunday if she has an attorney, and the number listed on the police report wasn’t working.