Sheriff: Mother beat kids with cord, curtain rod

38-year-old Monique Terry of Fayetteville is charged with child abuse for allegedly beating her children with an extension cord and a curtain rod. (WTVD)

January 27, 2010 7:56:22 AM PST
Cumberland County sheriff's detectives have charged a Fayetteville woman with child abuse.

Detectives arrested Monique Terry, 38, Tuesday. She is charged with felony and misdemeanor child abuse after allegedly beating her 13-year-old daughter with an extension cord and her 12-year-old son with a curtain rod.

Terry allegedly forced her daughter to lie down on a bed and then beat her across her legs and arms with the cord. The girl said she was hit at least ten times and was left with several U-shaped bruises on her body and a one-inch cut on her shin.

Terry also is charged with beating her son with a curtain rod. The boy told investigators his mother hit him at least six times on his lower back, his arms and buttocks, leaving red marks on his arms.

She is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $5,000 bond, and her first court appearance is scheduled for today.

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