Mother guilty of abusing kids with belt
A Beaumont woman has pleaded guilty to injuring a child in an angry attempt to discipline the youngster.
Sharon Deneen Guillory was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury Aug. 8 for injury to a child, a state-jail felony.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by The Examiner, police were dispatched June 28 to the 3200 block of Ninth Street in Beaumont in reference to a possible assault. When they arrived, police were met by the father of Guillory’s children, who showed police the moderate to severe injuries to two of his three children. The affidavit said the father told police Guillory did not drop off his third child, Guillory’s 6-year-old daughter, because she likely had the same or worse injuries as Guillory’s 8-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter.
Police observed a blackened right eye on Guillory’s 7-year-old daughter, who told police her mother, Guillory, had struck her with a belt in the face the day before.
The affidavit said police were eventually able to track Guillory and her 6-year-old daughter to the 2400 block of Sixth Avenue where they confirmed severe injuries to the 6-year-old’s face and eyes.
The affidavit said the 6-year-old suffered from “a swollen right eye” and “a red scratch under the child’s right eye that was red and was of the type that would have been bleeding. The injury appeared consistent with being struck by a belt.”
When police interviewed Guillory, she admitted to “whipping her kids and they were running from her and she accidentally hit them in the face with the belt,” according to the affidavit.
After Guillory pleaded guilty in front of Judge John Stevens’ Criminal District Court on Monday, Dec. 16, Judge Stevens said he too had been disciplined at times.
“Sometimes you have to use tools of discipline,” Stevens said. “Sometimes, just the sight of a belt would scare me.”
But Stevens said every parent should know when disciplining their children goes too far.
“It’s important that children are disciplined growing up. But you have to be very careful the way children are disciplined,” Stevens said. “It has to be constructive. You can’t overrun things, because I can guarantee you, children remember when they’ve been harmed and they learn and you don’t want your bad habits ... you don’t want our mistakes to be repeated by our children.”
Stevens sentenced Guillory to 4 years probation and a $500 fine. Guillory must also take an anger management course and a parenting class as part of her probation.
The father now has sole custody of Guillory’s children, Stevens said, and Guillory can visit them only under the supervision of Jefferson County’s probation department.