Harrington woman arrested on child abuse charges for beating 9-year-old with a belt

A Harrington woman was arrested on child abuse charges after police say she beat a 9-year-old with a belt, so badly that it left bruises.

According to the Harrington Police Department, on Monday, Feb. 14, officers arrested 50-year-old Ericka D. Maddox as the result of a child abuse investigation.

In January, the Harrington Police Department received reports of a possible child abuse at a home on Thorpe Street in Harrington.

During the course of the investigation, with the assistance of the Child Advocacy Center, officers learned that a 9-year-old child was allegedly hit with a belt on multiple occasions by Maddox. Police also determined that the victim sustained bruising after being hit with the belt.

A warrant was obtained for Maddox’s arrest. She later turned herself into the Harrington Police Department. She was processed and arraigned on charged of 3rd Degree Child Abuse and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. She was released on her own recognizance pending a future court appearance.

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