Eyota woman pleads not guilty to malicious punishment
An Eyota woman accused of beating her child with a belt has pleaded not guilty in Olmsted County District Court.
Marissa Javon Williams, 26, faces one count each of third-degree assault-substantial bodily harm; malicious punishment of a child-substantial bodily harm; and domestic assault, all felonies. She entered the pleas Tuesday.
The charges stem from an incident April 17, when the 8-year-old appeared at school with injuries to his head, neck, arms, chest and back, the complaint says.
The child reportedly told staff members that his mother — later identified as Williams — struck him with the strap part of a belt. According to the complaint, the staff told investigators the child had arrived at school that day without a shirt, and with soaking wet pants, socks and shoes.
The child allegedly told authorities his mother was angry because he'd wet the bed, and began "whooping him hard." He said he was trying to get away, ran into the bathroom and climbed into the shower; his mother continued to follow him and and was "whacking" him, the complaint says.
The victim's injuries included both fresh and older marks on his head, neck, back, arms, upper chest and thigh, according to the court document. There was reportedly one open wound on his upper middle back. The child was admitted to the hospital for observation and further testing. He is now in a safe location, officials said.
A search warrant executed at Williams' home revealed a small piece of black belt in the bathroom trash can, the report says. Investigators found the rest of the belt in her bedroom, intermingled with two computer cords. According to the complaint, they also found a white belt that appeared to have blood on it.
Williams' next court appearance has been set for Sept. 3. She has been released on $1,500 conditional bail.
A review of her criminal history reflects five previous convictions for fifth-degree assault.