GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – A Green Bay woman is accused of using belts and and sticks to beat her young children. Authorities were tipped off about the abuse by a local church pastor.
Kim Catrice Fruin, 42, is charged with three counts of Physical Abuse of a Child, Repeated Acts Causing Bodily Harm; and three counts of Child Neglect.
On March 16, Green Bay Police and Child Protective Services responded to Berwyn Avenue for a welfare check on three children ages 8, 10 and 12. CPS received a report from the children’s pastor about abuse in the Fruin home and the children having scars, marks and bruises.
An officer found the kids outside and witnessed scars and marks on their arms and scars on their foreheads, according to the criminal complaint. The children said their mother hit them with belts and sticks.
Inside the home, investigators found a black leather belt hanging on the back of a kitchen chair. Fruin also showed them a wooden slate she said she used to hit the children. There was a box filled with sticks and lumber. In a living room closet, police found “multiple sticks” of various sizes and length.
Fruin told officials she used these items for “decorations and projects.”
Investigators found two 5-foot long wooden slates inside a child’s bedroom closet. Fruin said said she would break the slates into smaller pieces and used them to hit the kids when they misbehave, according to the complaint.
The children were taken to a local hospital where it was found they had wounds all over their bodies.
The pastor who reported the abuse spoke with officials. She said she had been approached at church by two of the children. One of the children said their mother kept larges sticks in a closet for hitting them. A child also described being hit with rulers, a belt, a curtain rod, and utensils.
Officers arrested Kim Fruin on child abuse and neglect charges. Online court records did not indicate an upcoming court appearance for Fruin.
Source: WBAY ABC
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