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2 arrested for child cruelty
Excessive potty-training discipline left marks on child
Sakeema Hineace Usher

Excessive potty-training discipline caused injuries to a two-year-old child that resulted in his aunt and her boyfriend being arrested on child cruelty charges, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
    The toddler’s mother took the boy to the hospital last week and spoke with Bulloch County Sheriff’s investigators about the “various marks” on the child. She told investigators the boy had been staying several weeks with her sister, Sakeema Hineace Usher, 31, and Usher’s boyfriend Marcus Jerel White, 28,  both of Dry Branch Village in Register.
    She said she noticed the marks and brought the child to the hospital, Anderson said.
    “Investigators photographed the child’s injuries, which did not require significant medical attention, but which did appear to be outside the range of normal discipline,” he said.
    When Inv. Bill Black questioned Usher and White, they said “the marks resulted from disciplinary actions during the potty training process,” he said.
    After reviewing the evidence, a Bulloch County Magistrate judge issued warrants for Usher and White. Both were booked into the Bulloch County Jail, charged with first degree cruelty to children, he said. Both later posted a $2,000 bond each and were released.
    Anyone with further information about the case is asked to contact Black at (912) 764-8888.
    Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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