Woman allegedly beat son, 5, with belt

A Sandusky woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon after her 5-year-old son told his teacher she hit him with a belt, according to a Sandusky police report.
Sandusky Register Staff
Nov 2, 2013

Courtney Yancey, 23, 1100 block E. Farwell St., was charged with child endangering.

Officers went to Ontario School around 2 p.m., after school officials alerted them to the boy’s comments.

The child said Yancey hit him in the face with a belt when he got an answer wrong on his homework, the report said. After showing a social worker his bruised face, he revealed belt marks on his back and shoulder blade and a scar on his knee caused by a previous blow from the belt, the report said.

The boy repeated the same story to three school officials, the police officer and a social worker, the report said. Yancey’s brother picked the child up from school. He allegedly insisted the marks were from the boy’s brother.

Yancey also blamed the marks on the boy’s sibling when officers confronted her with the allegations, the report said.

Yancey was arrested and taken to the Erie County jail.

 

Comments

candleburner

How can a mother do this to a child!!! And to say it was done by a brother?? If it were being done by the child's brother why wasn't it reported or why wasn't the child taken to the hospital to be checked to make sure there was no injury? If there was honestly no foul play here, then why not allow someone the chance to make sure he's ok. I'm sorry but I really hope there's a special place in h.e. double hockey sticks for people that cause harm to innocent children!!!

JERRY from SANDUSKY

Farwell Street does that tell you anything

No Wake

No, please enlighten me?

Colonel Angus

That education is stressed on that street?

deertracker

Tells me she was trying to help her son learn.

Unassumer

I had a friend when I was growing up that had a dad that did this to his 5 girls any time they did anything wrong. It didn't even have to be major and he did it in front of anyone that was staying over and then he would make us go home. I thought it was awful then and I still think it's awful. There is no reason to beat a child. None.

Nemesis

Question: What became of your friend? Where is she now?

Is she a productive, contributing member of society, or an axe murderer?

It seems that should have some bearing on the quality of her upbringing.

dorothy gale

Hitting a 5-year-old in the face with ANYTHING is unconscionable. I got beat with a belt constantly as a child and teen, most of the time for no reason other than that my father was an angry, hateful bassturd, and it taught me several things --- to fear, to hate, to distrust. Beating a child is wrong, it is evil, it should be a punishable offense just like any other form of assault.

Truth2u

This particular woman mistreated her child. But corporal discipline is LEGAL and warranted in the proper manor.

Of course there are those posters who will attack this post, all I can say is don't waist your breath, use it to congratulate those parents who have kids in prison, or been divorced or have illegitimate children etc etc. You who are such pacifists are dreamers who in reality wish to punish people for raising their kids differently than yourself.

We punished when necessary our children, and they CRIED, and they are all professionals and one is in the mission field. And I and my wife didn't die when we were punished either!

I remember one time my son was being told a bed time story about a bear and my wife heard me coming up stairs and she said. "Whats that noise, I bet its the bear!" The kids screamed but one said, "We don't have to worry, if that bear try's anything dad will spank it!" Moral of the story: the kids actually took comfort in knowing dads protection was readily available.

And many of us in our youth got the belt, just not across the face etc. And if you got it the discipline wasn't out of rage or anger but based on JUSTICE, teaching us that there are consequences to our actions and decisions.

phroggy

You're right on with your comments. This woman did indeed go too far if she is in fact found guilty. I continually find myself arguing against the "time out" folks as that form of punishment is nothing but laughable for a child. Even nature punishes with pain. A puppy playing with his mother bites too hard. What does the mother do? She bites it back letting it know it's being too rough. Case closed.

Informed

So in your world, people are only animals with no rational thoughts and no feelings of regret, respect, or moral compass?

thinkagain

Not all people, just liberals.

Nemesis

That would be in alignment with the leftist progressive ideals you typically advocate here.

grandmasgirl

I agree. I got the belt more than once while I was growing up. It didn't kill me. I learned from that not to steal, lie, cheat, and to be respectful. Did the deed warrant the belt in this instance. No.

Informed

My children and myself learned that without corporal punishment.

Nemesis

Maybe you did. For some kids, other methods work. That doesn't mean you should tell others how to raise kids you don't know. In the same family, there will be one compliant child, and one who always pushes the envelope and only responds to physical punishment.

Stop It

^Agree^

Informed

Most parents still spank their children. Most people in prison were disciplined with corporal punishment. Most honor students with educated parents are not disciplined with corporal punishment Therefore, your argument is invalid.
Hitting with an object is never appropriate.

Nemesis

You make some grandiose statistical claims with no basis. I thought you said you learned not to lie and cheat without being spanked.

It's been my casual observation that those who were raised by pacifist parents generally have a worldview that denies personal responsibility and expects the government to wipe everyone's nose for them.

richrs

Sounds like hogwash to me!

DickTracey

PLEASE TELL ME WHY THE CHILD WENT HOME WITH THE MOM'S BROTHER, AFTER HE MADE EXCUSES FOR THE MOMS BEHAVIOR?!?

In most cases, abusers were abused, so this kind of thing ran in the family. So the poor kid gets sent home with an uncle that is mad at the kid for "lying" about his mom, and the uncle takes it out on the kid for getting his mom arrested !

This makes no sense to me, the brother made excuses for child abuse, and the cops let the kid go to him. The brother called the kid a liar, basically, and the cops hand the kid over to him? Now the brother can brainwash the kid all weekend about "what really happened".

Way to put the kid in harms way.

Ok WTF

Why on the jail roster does it state that Ms. Yancey is in for complicity to robbery? Is this simply an error or did her beatings as a child not do the trick?

queenjhb

getting an answer wrong on schoolwork should not = the belt.

JMOP

I got spankings form my mother. When I did something really awful, I had to wait till my dad got home, he spanked with his belt. As a teen I called my mother the B word. That got me a slap in the face.
Both my parents were abused physically and emotionally while they were growing up. What they did to me was to teach me right from wrong. I never felt like it was abuse, and I believe the word gets overused.
I'm glad to say I've never had to spank my kiddos, yet anyways, but if they ever do cross a line, I would not hesitate to do it.

LadyC

When a 5 year old has bruises and scars, it has gone beyond discipline and into abuse. Discipline is supposed to teach a lesson. What lesson did that poor kid learn? That Mom's violent and out of control, and can't communicate any more effectively than by using a weapon of sorts. And kids grow up and get bigger than their parents, and stronger. And if they are angry enough, dangerous.

Nemesis

At five I had LOTS of bruises, cuts, and a few scars. None were inflicted by my parents, rather, they were the result of active outdoor fun.

Kottage Kat

Dad said belts were to hold your pants up.Daddys hands weren't always gentle, there was always love in Daddys hands. Taught us right from wrong and respect. We are educated and hopefully responsible citizens today. Mom and Dad were our family SWAT team.

yea right

wooden spoon from mom then dad got home i got the belt..and i grew up great

Good 2 B Me

This is why the current generation is afraid of their children and let them get away with EVERYTHING!

SamAdams

We see a story on these pages about misbehaving kids, and half of the people commenting wonder why the parents didn't discipline the kid (the other half are bleeding heart morons who want to forgive the little monsters and blame anything and everything EXCEPT the evil-doer or his mommy).

I can't argue that, if it's true, a belt in the face goes too far. But too many people here aren't posting about going too far, but rather that ANY corporal punishment is tantamount to criminal abuse! I'm assuming these are the usual bleeding heart morons...

The fact is that "time out" doesn't work with many kids. It's also true that spankings don't work with all kids. Punishment needs to be tailored to the child, but the point is that it must be PUNISHMENT. It SHOULD hurt (physically and/or otherwise). It SHOULD be something to be remembered — and feared. It SHOULD be sufficient to teach an indelible lesson.

Yea right, I feel for you. My mom used wooden spoons, too, and Dad was the one with the belt. But you know what? I've STILL never been arrested. And looking back, I can't remember ever being afraid of my parents hurting me, either. Unless, of course, I'd done something wrong. In that case, I was shaking in my boots! Too bad more kids aren't these days...!

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