Mom hits son who didn't give her Mother's Day card

Posted May 15, 2017

A SC woman beat her 6-year-old son after he made a Mother's Day card for his grandmother and not one for her, cops said.

The mother was identified as 30-year-old Shontrell Murphy.

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Murphy told deputies that she had disciplined her son because of behavioral problems at school, but that she did not hit him "hard or in a violent manner". When his mother realized it hadn't been made for her, she became upset, officers say, and snatched it away from him. Her son, 6, was slapped on the front, side and back of his head, repeatedly.

When she asked Murphy why she hit the little boy, she said "because she could", according to the police report.

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The children reportedly told the police their mother hits them all the time in a violent manner and they are afraid of her. Murphy told police the boy had behavioral problems in school and she wants to discipline him. Officers discovered a torn Mother's Day card at the scene, according to the WBRC report. She is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center. It wasn't clear Sunday if she has an attorney, and the number listed on the police report wasn't working.

Her son was taken to the hospital in an ambulance for evaluation, but a nurse said she did not see trauma to his head and he was later released.

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Murphy was charged with cruelty to children.