Couple Charged with Abuse of 10-Year Old

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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