Who are we to judge how people from cultures different from our own, discipline their children?
MOORHEAD – A Moorhead mother is charged with child abuse and felony terrorizing after allegedly beating her 9-year-old daughter with a cord and threatening to cut her tongue out after the victim’s glasses were broken earlier that day.
According to court documents filed Thursday in Clay County District Court, Moorhead police were dispatched to a home on 34th Street Circle South on Tuesday after a resident there reported the girl was hiding in the hallway of their apartment building. The girl told the resident she didn’t want to go home because her mother hurts her, documents state.
At one point, the caller said she heard the child screaming and running from the woman, documents state.
Police found the child in the bathroom of the apartment she shared with her mother, Nyabuony John Jock, court documents state. After police coaxed the girl out, they saw visible, raised spots on both arms, legs and under her right eye, court documents state.
The crying girl told police her mother whipped her legs with a cord because the child’s glasses had been broken.
At one point, Jock produced a pair of scissors and told her daughter she was going to cut out her tongue, and asked her if she had any last words, the daughter told police.
That was when the police showed up, the girl said.
Police interviewed Jock, who admitted hitting the child with a cord because of the broken glasses, documents state.
Jock, 34, is charged with felony terrorizing and gross misdemeanor malicious punishment of a child.
Jock’s next court appearance is set for June 4.