Second woman charged after child found with lash marks in Boardman school
Police have charged another woman after Boardman school officials reported that a Junior High student came to class with lash marks on her body.
Thirty-five-year-old Dorothy Richards was booked into the Mahoning County jail Thursday on one count of child endangering.
According to a police report, Richards handed 51-year-old Sequette Clark an electrical cord used to whip the student at their Terrace Drive apartment.
Clark was arrested Monday on two counts of child endangering after a guidance counselor told police Clark's teenage daughter was assaulted at home the night before.
According to a police report, officers were called to Boardman Glenwood Junior High School at about 8 am by one of the school's guidance counselors.
Police spoke with the counselor and a student, who told officers that she "had been struck repeatedly with a black extension cord over most of her body" by Clark.
The report says that Clark's daughter had received discipline from the school on Friday, which resulted in Clark being called by the school's principal. Clark was not home at the time, but upon returning on Sunday, "called for her [daughter] to come downstairs for her 'whooping.'"
Clark's daughter told police that Clark then began to beat her with a belt, which "didn't hurt too bad," but eventually switched to a black extension cord, which she then used to allegedly strike her daughter on several locations across her body.
The report says that upon removing her jacket, officers observed "20-30 individual raised and discolored red lashing marks on her shoulders and arms ranging in size from 4 - 12 inches in length." They also observed bruising and red marks on her thighs and quadriceps, according to the report.
Officers also spoke to the girl's older sister at Boardman High School, who says she tried to intervene but was subsequently also struck by the extension cord.
Both women have been released from jail awaiting further court proceedings.