Detectives: Worst child abuse case in a long time


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 2/05 9:06 am Published: 2/04 10:37 pm


TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa Child Crisis Detectives are calling it one of the worst cases of child abuse they've seen in a long time.

Child Crisis Detectives arrested 39-year old, Shanetta Williams after she was accused of beating a relative over and over with an electrical cord.

Students at Memorial High School noticed the teen bleeding in class and reported the abuse.

Our FOX23 team went to Memorial HS to find out why students are being praised for reporting what they saw.

The victim showed up here to school where his injuries were so bad that his classmates noticed him bleeding through his jeans.

When he was questioned he told police a relative had beaten him with the cord of a hair dryer.

Word around the school quickly spread about what happened and by Tuesday afternoon parents were voicing their concerns.

"He's bleeding through his clothes and that has to be the most embarrassing and hurtful thing,” Tanisha Carson said.

Carson has two children that go to school at Memorial High School as well.

She told FOX23 she was speechless after she learned one of their classmates had been brutally beaten.

"I don't have any words because it was so heartbreaking to read it, and you usually don't hear about a high school student that's getting abused like that," said Carson.

Like many other parents, she is praising the boy's classmates who noticed him bleeding through his jeans and shifting in his desk because of the pain.
She says the students did the right thing by alerting the school.

'They should be honored. Especially for kids to step up and do something like that especially nowadays. I would just honor them," Carson said.

We can't show you the photos of his abuse on camera but child crisis detectives were able to show them to me and I can tell you his injuries are extensive.

"Our investigation revealed there has been at least three or perhaps more occasions which something that was similar to this happened," said Child Crisis Detective Greg Smith.

Detectives say the boy was so afraid to go home that he was immediately taken into protective custody.

He was later checked out by a forensic pediatrician who noted that, ‘his injuries were so severe that he had multiple layers of scarring.’

Shanetta Williams is being held in the Tulsa county jail on three complaints of child abuse.

Her bond is set at $300,000.

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outspoken92 - 2/5/2014 10:57 AM
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Is disgust me and gives me chills everytime I have read this story since it was reported. My heart goes out to this child, knowing him and the kindness he has and how wonderful this child is it makes me sick that is mother could do such a thing! I wish there was signals from him before because I feel so bad knowing it goes on and I see the child daily! Prayers go out to him and I hope he stays string and still pushes to be the best that he can be! As for the mother I hope these charges help the state pick her home for the years to come! And I praise the children who cared to pay attention and cared for their fellow classmate, without them what else could happen! god bless him with a great future!

JAZZY1214 - 2/5/2014 9:00 AM
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disgusting monster this woman how dare she do such a thing to her children I hope wherever this kid goes he will be well taken care of

Steve In Tulsa - 2/5/2014 6:58 AM
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Another Obama voter imposes her totalitarianism on her own children.

firemike922 - 2/5/2014 5:21 AM
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Personally, I believe in cases such as this, what was done to the victim should be done to the accused.

Mayor Maynot - 2/5/2014 3:00 AM
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Looks like life will hopefully start getting better for this young man.
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