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Mother charged in reported child beating
Facing second-, third-degree cruelty
Bette Kathryn Perry - photo by Courtesy BCSO

Bulloch County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an Arcola Road woman Tuesday on child cruelty charges, claiming she allegedly beat a toddler hard enough to leave marks and bruises.

Bette Kathryn Perry, 31, is charged with second-degree cruelty to children, as well as third-degree cruelty to children, since she reportedly committed the abuse in the presence of her other juvenile child, said Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown.

A complainant called the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Bulloch County Department of Family and Children Services, and said Perry had asked the complainant's mother to babysit the 3-year-old boy because “I beat him so bad I can’t send him to daycare,” according to reports.

 Inv. Prethenia Cone and DFCS social workers visited the home, noting “extensive marks and bruises” and taking photos of the injuries, he said.

The complainant’s mother, who had babysat the child in the past, told deputies she had agreed to care for the child since she had done so before. She said she had seen evidence of abuse before and “didn’t agree” with Perry’s disciplinary methods, reports stated.

The two children were placed in the care of their maternal grandmother. Perry was arrested and taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where she awaits further court appearances, he said.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Cone at (912) 764-1703.


Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.


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