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Child severely disciplined for sticking his tongue out at teacher

Lisa Riley (IMAGE: Escambia County Jail)

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — A 41-year-old Pensacola woman was arrested Sunday, accused of abusing a child. The victim told deputies she broke a belt in half while punishing him for getting in trouble at school, according to the police report.

One of the victim's classmates told an adult about the reported abuse, the report states. The victim disclosed that Lisa Riley put his head and neck between her legs and squeezed as she beat him with a belt, the arrest report states. The school's nurse contacted the Escambia County Sheriff's Office after hearing the news.

The responding deputy reports the victim said he got in trouble in class for sticking his tongue out at his teacher. When the child brought the teacher's note home, he said Riley told him to get her belt out of the bedroom, the report states.

According to the report, Riley hit him on his bottom and head with the belt, then squeezed his head and neck between her knees, causing him to choke. As he screamed for help, she put his hand over his mouth and told him to shut up, the report states.

The victim told the deputy his head hurt so bad it was hard to fall asleep and, the report states, the deputy noticed red welts and blood on the child's body.

Riley was charged with one count felony first degree cruelty towards a child/aggravated child abuse. She was booked into the Escambia County Jail on a $2,500 bond.


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