Mother's Son Testifies In Child Abuse Case

By: Meaghan M. Norman Email
By: Meaghan M. Norman Email

Monique James, 32, is accused of nearly killing her young, soon-to-be adoptive daughter back in May -- by pushing the four-year-old into some steps. On Tuesday the prosecution played a videotaped interview of James' young son and a Lansing police detective where he described the punishment that he and his foster sisters would sometimes experience.

"Sometimes, Mom would spank us with a spatula." He showed the detective positions that the children would have to hold for periods of time called "the motorcycle" or "cockroach" when they were being bad.

The child said the four-year-old was often spanked with a belt because she had a hard time following directions.

[The four year old] lies and is disobedient. They tell her not to pee on her self but she still does it."

According to the interview, she would sometimes be forced to eat standing up and treated roughly.

"You might get thrown down. Mama just pushes her down. She would push her on the floor lots of times."

James' attorney, Vincent Green, says he's cautious of the young boy's interview.

"She was only good, three out of a thousand times, and spankings for two hours, we know that didn't happen," said Green. "The embellishments of a child with an active mind."

Green says the children in the James household were a product of a strict --- but loving environment.

"If she did anything it might have been an accident or reckless act but nothing intentional."

James claims the child was standing on a stepstool, washing her hands in a bathroom in the Lansing home when the girl fell. The bruises doctors noticed all over her body and the brain injuries don't match James' story. The admitting physician at Sparrow hospital testified that he was worried there was some abuse.

But of course that is up to the jury to decide.

James is charged with first-degree child abuse and third-degree child abuse. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

The young girl spent a month recovering from brain injuries at Sparrow Hospital. She and her older sister, who was also in the James home at the time, are now living with other foster parents. James' biological children have been placed with other family members.

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  • by Monica Location: Oak Park,Illinois on May 31, 2012 at 03:32 AM
    There are new developments in this case. The husband needs to be recharged and removed all the children from his custody and CPS and the State of Michigan needs to held liable for not furthering their investigation!
  • by Rose on Oct 9, 2010 at 06:47 AM
    CPS needs to be shut down. True abuse (as opposed to the 75% of unsubstantiated false allegations by CPS who extorts children and families for trillions in federal government funds, is a job for police like any other crime. FACT - # of Abuse per 100,000 Children in U.S. From National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington(NCCAN) Perpetrators of Maltreatment(CPS #s have increased) Physical Abuse CPS 160 Parents 59 Sexual Abuse CPS 112 Parents 13 Neglect CPS 410 Parents 241 Fatalities CPS 6.4 Parents 1.5
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    Mr Green is a good reason not to like attorneys. How can he say with a straight face this was a loving home. The child had brain injuries due to her loving mother. I hope they throw the book at this witch.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2010 at 06:01 AM
    i wouldn't treat an animal the way she treated a 4 YEAR OLD. Then she lied that she did nothing, and both children lied to the police... Loving household... I would hate to see what she did to a kid if this was a unloving household. I think she was raised this way and is repeating the same things her mother did. But she needs to go to jail and to loose her kids.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2010 at 05:28 AM
    A study was done, and people who were really abused as children, never actually get over it. So this witch beating a baby with a belt, may have done serious harm mentally to this child. I think the kids need to be taken away from her, and she needs to go to jail.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 6, 2010 at 04:51 AM
    I am not against spanking a child, but I am against beating a 4 year old with a belt. This is pure child abuse. I hope she gets jail time. Bet she wouldn't like someone beating her with a belt.
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