SC Mom Charged With Child Cruelty After Beating 6-Year-Old Son Who Made Mother’s Day Card for His Grandmother and Not Her: Report

Spartanburg County Detention via Fox Carolina
Spartanburg County Detention via Fox Carolina

A South Carolina woman is facing a child-cruelty charge after authorities say she beat her 6-year-old son because he made a Mother’s Day card for his grandmother but not her.


According to Fox Carolina, the Spartanburg, S.C., Police Department was called to a disturbance at a home Thursday around 6:40 p.m. When they arrived at the scene, they found a grandmother standing with her two grandchildren, a boy and a girl, one of whom was in tears. The grandmother told officers that her daughter, the child’s mother, had hit the boy several times in the front, side and back of his head.

Hmmm, I wonder why the mother didn’t receive a card?

The boy’s sister told investigators that their mother, 30-year-old Shontrell Murphy, became upset that the boy had made a Mother’s Day card for his grandmother but not for her. When Murphy realized the card wasn’t for her, she ripped it to pieces and repeatedly smacked the child in his head, the police report notes.

Officers found torn pieces of a handwritten card at the scene, authorities said.

Murphy, according to the report, acknowledged hitting her son but said she “does not believe it was in a hard or violent manner.” The children reportedly told police that their mother hits them all the time and they are afraid of her.

Read more at Fox Carolina.

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Smdh. That’s exactly why she didn’t get a card. Aside from being a bad parent, she clearly has some issues she needs to work out. If she’ll beat them for some thing this minor, I can only imagine what happens if they really “mess up”. Also, I just need black people to stop slapping/beating kids in the head altogether.