Couple Charged with Abuse of 10-Year Old

By: Jason Colthorp Email
By: Jason Colthorp Email

A woman and her boyfriend from Holt are in jail tonight accused of severely beating her 10-year old son.

Deputies say the abuse happened Monday night. They interviewed him on Tuesday, the arrests came this morning and they were arraigned this afternoon in district court.

Thirty-nine year old Yolanda Brooks, the boy's mother, is charged with third degree child abuse-- a two-year misdemeanor. Thirty-one year old Scotty Fuller faces the same count along with child abuse in the second degree which is a four-year felony.

Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth was almost beside himself as he described what happened in the home on Sycamore Street in Delhi Township. He says both Brooks and Fuller hit the boy and used multiple foreign objects.

The boy's uncle came to visit and noticed the boy's condition. He immediately took him out of the home and to the police. A search warrant was issued and then the arrests.

"I read the report and it choked me up-- I'll be frank with you," said Sheriff Wriggelsworth. "I have young grandchildren that age." I just can't imagine doing that to a young person-- I think it borders on torture, in my opinion, for someone to be treated like that."

After deputies interviewed the boy he was taken to a hospital. He's currently recovering with relatives. Brooks and Fuller are due back in court January 22.


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  • by anoonymous Location: holt on Jan 12, 2009 at 02:25 PM
    I know Scotty he is a father himself to a wonderful child. Today I sit in shock because my friend had a hidden side to him and for that my Ex-friend I can not support you but, as for your child who is very dear to me I promise to be there when ever needed. As for you I hope you can take the same beating you gave because you deserve every bit of it.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    My family is really close to the Brooks family for ALONG time now. There were times when the boy came over to our home and when he had to leave he cried and cried and cried and said he dident wanna leave with scott and his mom came to pick him up. He latched onto my mom and said he isent going. What's even worse is a few years ago the boys dad and Yolanda's husbend died of cancer so ontop of the abuse the boy is going through his dad dieing. I'm disapointed in Yolanda's choices because she was never like this until scotty came into her life this past summer.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 12, 2009 at 08:58 AM
    I am so glad the Uncle got the poor guy out of there and these twoa are locked up because this could of turned into a case like in Williamston with Little Ricky Holland. These two should be locked up for the rest of thier rotten lives
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2009 at 04:00 PM
    At least the uncle was willing to call police. I hope this boy never has to be returned to his mother. Poor baby, maybe this will be a start of a better life for him. Who knows if this was the first time this has happened in that household??
  • by Latoya Location: South Lansing on Jan 10, 2009 at 03:54 PM
    I think these 2 need more jail time as well to think they choose to use weapons on a 10 year old child is extreme I hope the boy recovers well and I am glad he has relatives to care for him I just hope they have the strength to heal him emotionally good luck to the boy and his family.
  • by Sheila Location: Litchfield on Jan 10, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    What are the chances he will be given back to this adults? What are the chances that this so called family was already in the system? This type of abuse doesn't come out of the blue, this poor little guy has probably been abused for a long time while others suspected and chose not to report it. It is only when it becomes horrendous that we become outraged. I hope we all become outraged enough to demand that our programs protect those that need before it becomes so heartrending. Though of course, this will probably be where some of the billion dollar state shortfall will come from to balance the books.
  • by Kathy Location: Holt on Jan 10, 2009 at 03:08 PM
    What is sad in this case is that protective services have been called on them many times and it didnt help..another uncle did try months ago but nothing was done..shame on our system too...and for yolanda and scotty..i hope they get what they have comming..but it wont be long enough.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Jan 10, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    Right now, I am sure there are inmates drooling like hungry lions, awaiting this scumbag's arrival to prison.
  • by Bill Location: Delta Township on Jan 10, 2009 at 08:59 AM
    Why not hand over "tough boy" & "tough girl" to someone closer to their age and lets see how well that goes for them. Maybe the boys uncle should get a shot at both of them, and then give them to the public. To bad we have done away with public lynching. Anyone who beats a poor innocent child will reap the wrath of God.
  • by Rebecca Location: Holt on Jan 10, 2009 at 07:45 AM
    This is very disturbing that it is happening in our own backyard! I think adults who beat children should be beaten themselves by someone 10x stronger than they are so they know how it feels! Thank Got that little boy's uncle showed up when he did! Who knows what would have happened.
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