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A Florida mother is facing child abuse charges after she allegedly beat her son for his failing grades, leaving him with a black eye, NBC Miami reports.

Sarah Dennis was arrested and charged with excessive discipline and child abuse after her son was brutally beaten for receiving three “F’s” on a recent report card. Her 12-year-old son spoke to a school guidance counselor after he was seen in school with a black eye. His 11-year-old brother also brought home bad grades the same day of the alleged beating, but was hit with a belt on his buttocks and sent to his room.

NBC Miami reports:

The boy told police his mother made him strip down to his underwear, then proceeded to beat him with a belt on his back and buttocks. He said he fell to the floor because of the pain. Dennis, 25, continued to beat the boy with a belt, then punched him several times in the left eye with a closed fist, police say.

The boy also told police that he and his mother were the only ones in the room at the house, located in the 1200 block of Southwest 101st Terrace in Pembroke Pines.

Dennis denied ever hitting her sons and told police her 12-year-old got the black eye during a school fight. A judge issued a therapist to be present during the mother’s visitation with the kids to monitor her activity.

The father of one of Dennis’ children volunteered to take custody of all three.

Dennis remains behind bars. The judge indicated it would be a while before she would have custody of her kids.



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8 thoughts on “Florida Mother Jailed For Giving Her Son A Black Eye Over Failing Grades

  1. Mzbrowneyes on said:

    It’s clear to me that she wasn’t actively checking on his grades and his assignments. There are ways to check a child’s grades prior to the report cards coming out. I use an electronic system and check my child’s grades weekly for each of her classes so that there are no surprises when report cards come home. Why didn’t she know the child was failing so that she could speak with the teachers or get him a tutor

  2. This is a tragic case. The bigger picture is that this woman was about 12 or 13 when she had the first child. How old were the men who got this young girl pregnant. She doesn’t know how to parent and is lost, her kids are lost and hopefuly this intervention can get them the help they need.
    This is very sad and disturbing.
    We have to grab our kids and help them. Damn!

  3. byeuvixen on said:

    Well, noticing her age, she wasn’t older than the 12 yr. old when she had him, so it seems school wasn’t an option.

  4. specialt757 on said:

    Getting this type of beat down is not going to make him get better grades. Maybe getting him a tutor would have been a better option. Dumb ass woman, wonder what her grades were like in school.

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