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Mother avoids jail for bloody son, 11
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A mother was given probation after her 11-year-old son showed up at school with dried blood on his face and said he had been abused at home.The mother, Stephanie James Newman, 38, was placed on probation for an 11-month, 29-day term and was ordered to seek parenting classes on a child abuse charge. The same charge against the boy’s stepfather, Mark Edward Newman, 54, was dismissed.Charges were taken against the two after the boy arrived at school and told teachers he had been assaulted by his mother and stepfather the night before.“He said his mother became angry with him for eating in his room and began to assault him by hitting him in the face and mouth several times,” revealed school resource officer Jason Fowler, noting in his warrant the boy said his stepfather threw him a washcloth because his nose was bleeding from being hit.The boy went on to say his stepfather threw him on his bed later that evening, during which time the youth said he felt his neck crack. The boy said he couldn’t turn his head the next day.SRO Fowler said there was obvious signs of abuse when he saw the boy the day following the assault.