Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

Summary: A mother beat her son with a computer cable when she found out he had a Facebook account. She was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse.

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62-year-old Althea Ricketts has been charged with aggravated child abuse after allegedly beating her son for using Facebook without her permission. The Florida woman first found out about her child's Facebook account after an acquaintance called her to say he had posted a message which indicated he might try to hurt himself, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

An arrest report states that Ricketts called back and told the woman she had hit her son and he'd run away from home. This is in line with a police interview, in which the boy claimed his mother had become angry and had beaten him with a computer cable in their home. He then ran away to a friend's house, where he was later found with injuries to both arms.

The boy, whose name and age were not released, was nervous and crying when he arrived at the friend's house, police were told. When asked, Ricketts reportedly told the resident that the boy "deserved everything he got."

An arrest report said the woman told police the boy had lied to her about using Facebook and that she had become angry and hit him. The arresting officer wrote in the report that Ricketts "stated to me that hitting a child with a cable is a common way of disciplining kids where she comes from."

Ricketts was arrested and booked into the Orange County Jail on Saturday, where she was being held without bail.

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  • Nothing good ever

    Nothing good ever comes from being on facebook.
    NoAxToGrind
    • RE: Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

      @NoAxToGrind So you are going to blame facebook for this abusive woman? Really? So she has no issues with her temper and self control at all?

      Yeah, right.
      athynz
  • RE: Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

    These types of stories make me wish you needed (and it was feasible to have and enforce) a child-bearing license to have children...
    Onaka
  • RE: Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

    I don't know about using a whole desk but if I told my kid not to go on Facebook you had better believe they know me well enough to know I am not playing around.

    Fortunately they've all survived to be over the age of 18 so I don't have to deal with that anymore.
    slickjim
    • And if I were you're child I'd smile and

      @Peter Perry .. say "You'll have to sleep sometime." If you were the violent type you might strike me and I'd not even flinch but simply smile again at you. I did that to my abusive alcoholic father and saw the fear in his eyes when the meaning of what I had said sunk into his addled mind. Funny thing is he never bothered me again and I was only 12 at the time.

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
  • RE: Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

    Imagine if the "child" was 42.
    bannedagain
  • RE: Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

    I'm a bad person. I read the title, and all I could think was "are we talking a USB Cable, Cat5, or Power Cable?"
    spark555
    • Funny that!!!

      @spark555 ... USB might annoy. Cat5 sting, but a power cable now that would hurt.. OUCH:) Jimmy like!!!

      Pagan jim
      James Quinn
    • RE: Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

      @spark555 Hahahahahahaha, I'm glad im not the only sicko here! ;-)
      AboveAverageJoe
    • RE: Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

      @spark555 I instantly thought Cat6 or power. Those cords are definitely +10 to melee damage.
      Imrhien
    • He'd be dead if it was a token ring cable.

      @spark555 .... maybe it was a skuzzy (SCSI) cable..... ;-)
      Reality Bites
    • RE: Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

      @spark555 Cat5e with about a foot of fray and little knots tied at the end of each wire would make a good flail ...
      Ludovit
      • @Ludovit... Looks like you've been there... Done that.... Hahaha

        N/T
        greatnewproducts
  • RE: Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

    <I>Ricketts ?stated to me that hitting a child with a cable is a common way of disciplining kids where she comes from.?</I>

    Where I come from, it's common to jail and sterilize people for beating a child.

    At least in fantasies. I hope she enjoys going to jail. There's no reason for such abuse. Yes, FB might be bad, or good. But that doesn't justify beating a child with a cable - or beating a child <B>period</B>
    kcredden2
    • RE: Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

      @kcredden2
      Sometimes a stern talking to doesn't work. The story doesn't say how severe the injuries, if any, are. There really isn't enough information to judge whether the situation was even news worthy. If you change the word "beating" to "spanking" it probably wouldn't even have made the news.
      marbo100
      • RE: Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

        @marbo100 <br>this is the very reason why kids nowadays do not respect authority anymore. we can not castigate our children without big brother breathing hard on our neck. if a child can not be corrected at home, how on earth can we expect them to respect anybody fully knowing that they do not have to respect the very people that gave him/her life and feed him. abuse is wrong, correction is another thing. that is the reason why we have CORRECTIONAL! when are we going to correct our child, when they are in the slammer. every holy books protect children and none of them condone misbehaving children to abuse the well-meaning love of their parents. we must not forget the passage, 'he who spare the rod, doesn't love his child.' my grain of salt...
        kc63092@...
        • @kc63092.... True...Unfortunately...

          The human brain is wired in such a way that it "learns" the hard way... (for instance)You can tell a child that he will get burned if he plays with matches, until you are blue on the face, and he will not stop playing until he gets burned... Lesson learned. That's why they're called Experiences.
          greatnewproducts
  • RE: Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

    My first thought was coaxial cable. <br><br>Now, for all you so called Christians, bible thumpers, and believers in all things in the bible divinely inspired, read what is says on how to treat misbehaving children. Shocking! You may end up questioning your beliefs.<br><br>Though I do not condone what she did, neither was putting her in jail a good thing. Parents I know child called police stating his parents hit (beat) him; he was under his parents imposed curfew wanting to go out. The police put the parent in jail only later finding the child lied. Sad story.
    BubbaJones_
    • RE: Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

      @RicD_
      consider the word bible as literal, it is nothing but a compilation of experiences of people of the bygone era. the founding father of this great nation as well as the most recent grandparents and parents had been guided by the same compilation of human experiences. and they manage to create the most advanced nation that the world had known. well, if something is wrong with all those written wisdom, how on earth did it manage to guide them. now, these people (how many of them, i don't know) who were bastardized and abused as children shouted on the top of their lungs and dictated that these abuses should be stopped at all cost by enacting a law that bound the hands of parents. the politician, being afraid of their political future, hastily obliged. now you have the jailed parent who was found out later to be a victim of a bastardized law. oh, by the way, many enterprising people used these books to enriched themselves. ain't they smart?
      kc63092@...
  • RE: Mother beats son for having a Facebook account

    The kid is better off without Farcebook.
    bitrate