A Mifflin County woman faces charges in Altoona after police say she beat her 7-year-old stepson with a belt.
Tianna M. Gladman, 21, of Lewistown faces charges of simple assault, recklessly endangering the welfare of a child and harassment after she allegedly struck the child with a belt March 21 because the boy didn't do his homework, according to court records.
Police said Gladman admitted to hitting the boy as he cried and that she stopped when she saw redness on his right leg. The beating left the boy with large welts and bruises across both legs, his inner thigh and buttocks, police noted. The investigating officer described the bruises as "substantially large and grossly black and blue," in court records filed before Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Auker.
The boy's father was present during the alleged beating, police said.
Gladman allegedly hit the boy three or four times
as he was positioned on a bed.
Gladman was charged through a summons and is scheduled to appear at Central Court for a preliminary hearing May 7.