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Woman sentenced for beating child

September 21, 2005

Albany - Charlene Harper, who has five children, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of cruelty to a child. She beat her 5 year old son so badly, sores, scabs and bruises covered his body.

This isn't Harper's first child abuse conviction. She was previously convicted on another count of cruelty to a child and one of battery.

Assistant District Attorney, Christopher Cohilas, says "This was a particularly heartbreaking case because she had beat this child so bad, and actually had just been convicted of beating this child, that it had torn the skin from his 5 year old back and then she kept him at home so the teachers wouldn't see the marks on his back."

When the little boy eventually returned to school, the marks were still clearly visable, and teachers immediately contacted the division of family and children services.

Harper gave birth to her fifth child while in jail two weeks ago. She is not allowed to have any contact with that child, or her other children.

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