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Mother charged with beating children
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A mother has been bound to the grand jury, charged with beating her children while in a rage, the youngest being a handicapped 6-year-old boy.The mother, Lara Almeda Stevens, 28, waived her right to preliminary hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke and was bound to the grand jury on two counts of child abuse.Her charges come for beating her boys, ages 6 and 11.“She was in a rage, upset about a boyfriend that was in trouble and took her rage out on her sons,” said sheriff’s investigator Travis Thaxton in his warrants again Stevens.The incident, which was witnessed by a family member, began when Stevens entered the room of the youngest boy and started striking him.“He is disabled and uses a walker to walk,” Thaxton said of the boy. “She used a belt and started whipping the child while he was in bed.”In addition to assaulting her handicapped child, Stevens is accused of whipping his older brother, the attack starting while he was asleep.“She hit him with an extension cord while he was in bed asleep, leaving marks on his body,” Thaxton said.The charges against Stevens are not her first brush with the law as she has a prior criminal record which includes three previous assault charges.