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A Brooklyn Assemblywoman was arrested this weekend after her 12-year-old son told authorities she hit him with a broomstick.

DNA Info reports the issue began with an argument over school:

The boy walked into the 71st Precinct in Crown Heights around 11:30 p.m. Friday with a small contusion on his right hand and told officers his mother, Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, had hit him following an argument, sources said.

Police arrested Richardson at her Crown Heights home shortly after midnight on Saturday, sources said. Those familiar with the case said the incident came after the mother and son argued about his grades in school.

The site continues:

She has been charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child, harassment, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, according to court records.

Her office did not immediately respond to inquiries about the charges on Sunday.

Richardson represents the 43rd Assembly District in Crown Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and parts of East Flatbush. She was elected to the seat on the Working Families Party line in a special election to replace Karim Camara in 2015.

Richardson is up for reelection in today’s general election. Her son supported her throughout her campaign in 2015 and after winning, she thanked him for standing with her. Read more here.



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6 thoughts on “Brooklyn Assemblywoman Charged With Assault After Hitting Son With Broomstick

  1. please stop on said:

    boy when he got back home I would have really taught him a little sumthin…u went to the police for a contusion? let his little behind go to foster home for a minute, he will appreciate that damn contusion. ungrateful little. what will she be able to do with him now….

    • What will she do with now? She may just be able to learn to use her head when dealing with her son and use the broom to sweep the damned floor. I’ve seen what can happen, especially between a mother and son when the “little contusions” stop having the desired effect. No one knows how many times this has happened. Maybe he just got tired of being contused. She’d just better be happy he chose the route he did, instead of some others I’ve seen/heard about. Violence breeds violence.

  2. specialt757 on said:

    Wow, he wouldn’t be able to come back to live with me, he chose his side. Not justifying her hitting him with any object, she could have handled that better, but he decided to let the law decide her fate, so there is no turning back.

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