A Ravenswood woman has been charged with child abuse after teachers discovered bruises on a 6-year-old boy.
Tara Leann Davis, 27, 707 Flinn Ave., Ravenswood, was charged with child abuse resulting in injury, a felony. Magistrate Laura Pursley set bond at $5,000.
Around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, Sgt. J.D. Garrett of the Ravenswood Police Department received a report of possible child abuse from staff at Henry J. Kaiser Elementary School. Staff members reported a referral had already been made to Child Protective Services, according to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.
School personnel reported a 6-year-old male student told them he had been beaten by Davis during the previous weekend. One staff member observed bruising on the child’s face and took him to the school nurse, according to the complaint.
Staff members told Garrett they observed several bruises on the right side of the child’s face, including on his ear and nose. He also had bruises on his lower back, side, and buttocks. Garrett noted and photographed the child’s injuries, the complaint states.
Garrett spoke to the student, who said he was laying on a chair in the basement of the home when Davis came downstairs and began beating him. He stated Davis allegedly struck him in the head with a closed fist several times, smacked his face, and smacked him in the back and buttocks several times, according to the complaint.
Garrett interviewed other youths who were present at the home during the incident. The children stated they did not see what happened but could hear it, according to the complaint.
Shortly before noon, a representative of Necco Foster Care arrived at the Ravenswood Police Station and reported she was there to obtain information and to remove six children from Davis’ home, the complaint states.
During an interview with police, Davis stated she was having problems remembering what happened during the weekend. She stated she remembers going into the basement, chastising the child for not showering, and smacking him. She also stated she believed the child fell and struck his head on a bed when she smacked him, according to the complaint.