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June 13, 2012

Woman accused of beating boy

NEW CASTLE — A New Castle woman faces assault and other charges after she allegedly beat a child with a coat hanger.

Destiny C. Smith, 34, of 314 E. Division St. was charged by New Castle police in connection with an incident Friday.

According to police, officers responded to a disturbance at the Division Street home, where the child and his mother said Smith used a coat hanger to beat the boy.

The youth, whose age was not provided by police, said Smith dragged him up a flight of stairs then assaulted him. Officers reported seeing a bleeding gash on his right ear, as well as bruising and welts on his face, neck, head, arms and legs. He was taken to Jameson Hospital for treatment.

The boy’s shirt was ripped in the neck area, officers noted.

Police interviewed Smith, who admitted hitting the child for missing the school bus. However, she said, she used only her open hand, not a coat hanger.

But according to the criminal complaint, the injuries the boy sustained were not consistent with Smith’s claims.

She is charged with simple assault on a person under the age of 12, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct.

Smith was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Melissa Amodie and placed in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of a $2,000 bond. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 20.

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