Mother accused of forcing her child to put his hands in the oven and hitting him with a bat
JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Disclaimer: Some may find the details provided in this report to be graphical in nature. Discretion advised.
A man and woman are facing aggravated child abuse charges after a boy told police he was told to put his hands in an oven and disciplined with a bat, according to a bureau report of the sheriff of Jacksonville.
Additionally, according to the report, Nicole Bennett, 36, is facing a charge of child neglect and a charge of denying medical treatment to a crime victim.
According to the report, an officer attended a hospital where the complainant indicated that when he picked up the child, he noticed that the boy had burns on both palms. In the report, the officer noted blisters on the victim’s palms and facial injuries, a knot on the head and a broken lip.
The boy told police, according to the report, that a man who lives with Bennett, Ronald McKinney, accused him of stealing his shoes and punched him in the chest. The sheriff’s office report says that when Bennett arrived home, she grabbed a bat and told the boy to turn the oven on to its highest setting, then put his hands inside the oven and that he was hit with the bat on his hand.
The boy told police that Bennett made him place his hands inside the oven door for 10 seconds and that McKinney held one of his hands to the door inside the oven, according to the report. and that the boy had been hit once more with the bat. . The boy, the sheriff’s office said, told police he slept outside on the porch that night and was not allowed inside until the next morning when was taken to school.
According to the report, McKinney admitted to hitting the boy, but denied holding his hands in the oven.
Bennett is being held on $850,000 bond. McKinney is being held on $500,000 bail and News4JAX has requested his arrest report.
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