Korie M. Kellogg, ex-wife of former Chicago Bull Eddy Curry, is <a title=”Former Bulls player Eddy Curry’s ex-wife on trial in abuse case” href=”http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/17379459-418/former-bulls-player-eddy-currys-ex-wife-on-trial-in-abuse-case.html” target=”_blank”>currently on trial</a> for aggravated child abuse, the <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> reports.
Kellogg allegedly beat her and Curry’s 10-year-old son with a belt, leaving welts and bruises on the child’s face and body. While Kellogg argues she was just disciplining her son, prosecutors say she crossed a line.
Kellogg brought the boy into Silver Cross Hospital for treatment on April 4. According to authorities, the boy had swollen bruises on his back, legs, and face. The hospital staff called Mokena police to report the injuries.
A bench trial on Kellogg’s <a title=”Chicago Criminal Law” href=”http://chicagolegalauthority.com/criminal/”>aggravated battery charge</a> began on Thursday. Mokena Police Detective Jeff Kowalczyk testified that Kellogg told him that she had her son remove his clothing before she beat him with a belt 10 to 15 times as punishment for behavior problems at school. She allegedly told authorities that the boy was hit in the face because he wouldn’t stay still and was “flailing around,” according to the <em>Sun-Times</em>.
At trial, prosecutors differentiated between acceptable disciplinary action and illegal abuse. “The state is not arguing it’s unreasonable for parents to put their hands on their children ever,” Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Capelli said at the trial. “The state believes [punishment] is up to each individual parent. This does rise to the level of unreasonable.”
Under <a title=”Sec. 12-3.05. Aggravated battery. ” href=”http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=072000050K12-3.05″ target=”_blank”>Illinois’ criminal code</a>, aggravated battery of a child is defined as any contact that causes bodily harm, disability, or disfigurement to any child under the age of 13. It’s a class 3 felony. If Kellogg is convicted, she could face up to five years in prison.
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