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Dresden case of child abuse dismissed

Dresden case of child abuse dismissed

A case of alleged child abuse has been dismissed in Weakley County General Sessions Court for a Dresden woman accused of hitting her child in the face with a belt buckle.
Additionally, there were no court costs and a restraining order against the accused, Lisa Johnson, was subsequently lifted.
According to an earlier report released by Weakley County General Sessions Court, during a shift change on Sept. 8, officers were dispatched to stop by 223 Jefferson St. in Dresden for possible child abuse on a referral by the Department of Children’s Services. Dresden police officers responded to the call and spoke to both the child and the defendant, his mother.
The report stated that Woods was first to question the child and the child allegedly stated that he and his mother had been in an argument and he yelled at his mother and, when his mother disciplined him, she became very angry and allegedly hit him in the face with a belt buckle.
Woods then spoke with the mother and got a written statement. The mother, Lisa Johnson, stated that she and her son got into an argument about taking a bath when he allegedly yelled at her and allegedly drew back his fist as if to hit her.
The defendant then stated that she began punishing the child by allegedly spanking him on the bottom with a belt and, allegedly, when the child leaned over, the belt “accidentally” hit him in the face.
Woods noticed bruises on the eyelid, around the eyebrow and under the right eye of the child.
The incident had happened, according to the report, on Sept. 2 and the child allegedly had not been to school since Sept. 1 as he was reportedly ill and running a fever.
The defendant allegedly admitted to calling the doctor and the doctor reportedly advised that the child be held from school.
Based on the statements from the child and his mother and the bruising on the child’s face, Woods arrested the defendant, Johnson, for aggravated child abuse. Pictures were taken of the bruises and the child was allowed to leave with his father.
DCS came to the scene and spoke to everyone involved in the incident.

WCP 9.27.11

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