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Fayetteville mother accused of beating children with cord, rod

Posted January 27, 2010

— Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives charged a 38-year-old mother on Tuesday with beating her two children with an extension cord and a curtain rod.

Monique Ladosca Terry, of 1202 Kittrell Drive, was charged with felony child abuse and misdemeanor child abuse.

Terry forced her 13-year-old daughter to lie down on a bed while she beat the girl across her legs and both arms with the cord, detectives said.

The girl told authorities that she was hit at least 10 times. She had several linear and U-shaped bruises and a 1-inch, crescent-shaped laceration on her left shin, detectives said.

Terry was also charged with beating her 12-year-old son with a curtain rod. The boy said he was hit at least six times along his lower back and on both of his arms and buttocks, leaving red marks on his arms.

Terry was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. She was scheduled to make a first court appearance at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Detention Center Courtroom.


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  • toyna1120 Jan 28, 2010

    i work with this person 7.25hrs a day i have seen the kids they are very polite kids as well as their mother she is a sofe spoken and humble person i never got the stranges feeling that she could do anything like this. i still find things hard to beleave i care for her like a sister i never had. we went to the same high schools and came out of high school the same year. this has really hurt me as well as the rest of her co-workers.no one never saw this coming

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jan 28, 2010

    yamiof1 (and others), thanks for quoting the Bible to justify violence against children. Not.

    Do you guys really believe everything that you read? And, you realize you’re quoting Old Testament...where it’s ok to KILL lots of people…including DISOBEDIENT CHILDREN?! (Deuteronomy 21:18-21) Do you agree with this? If not, why not?

  • 6079 SMITH W Jan 28, 2010

    RevRB: I was talking about the spankings I GOT AS A CHILD...and 12/13 year-olds (144/156 month olds, these days) are NOT "little children". I didn't grow up to hate my father, either. If it hadn't been for those spankings, I probably would have ended up like the kids now, wild and undisciplined, with no regard for anything or anyone but myself. There is a BIG difference between spanking and beating. There is scientific evidence to back up what most people have known all along....reasoning skills are not developed in the brain in kids, that comes much later. People who don't discipline children are guilty of child abuse....they are setting their kids up to be dysfunctional and unprepared to live in a civilized society. If you doubt this, crack open a newspaper or scan the headlines here daily...the things we read about these days were almost UNHEARD of until recently, when the prevailing wisdom suggests that spanking kids is child abuse. THATS why they turn into spoiled brats.

  • Adelinthe Jan 27, 2010

    Smith - "You don't think spanking 144/156 month-olds will get their attention? It ALWAYS got mine!"

    Sure, but what did it teach them???

    To be afraid of you?

    That being an adult means being right??

    That might makes right???

    There are very few small children that LIKE time out which makes it a very effective discipline for very SMALL children when coupled along with stickers for good behavior.

    An occasional swat on the bum is ok when Time Out isn't working, but if it starts to become the norm, there are more things at play, and both the parent and child need outside guidance.

    And if you discipline them effectively when they're little, they'll have few problems when they get older because they've already been conditioned ("brain washed" if you must) to know exactly what acceptable behavior is and what it gains them.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Jan 27, 2010

    I got beaten as a child too - severely as did my siblings. It wasn't right then, and it isn't right now.

    1. If you swat a child more than once;

    2. If you swat them somewhere other than their bum or perhaps hand; or

    3. If you swat them when you're angry...


    You're abusing them. PERIOD!!!

    And no one, child or adult (or even animal for that matter), deserves that, regardless of what they've done - NO ONE!!!

    God bless.


  • MileageWarrior Jan 27, 2010

    im honestly blown away by the number of folks here who believe it is ok to beat your child so severely that you cause tissue damage, actually ripping of the skin. what is wrong with you people? maybe your parents knocked the sense clear out of your skulls. beating your child is not ok. spanking? sure. beating so hard you bruise them and break the skin? NOT COOL.

  • scientistjo Jan 27, 2010

    I never got beaten as a child and I'm very well behaved and respectful. People who have to use abuse as a deterrent do not know alternative means of parenting.

  • Here kitty kitty Jan 27, 2010

    That's probably how she was disciplined, and her mother before her, etc. And if not stopped now her children will treat their children the same.

  • 6079 SMITH W Jan 27, 2010

    wondermom: You don't think spanking 144/156 month-olds will get their attention? It ALWAYS got mine!....Then again, the option of trying to reason with children is a relatively new practice. This explains why most of them are such hellions these days...their parents are suckers!

    "Kids are like dogs...they know when they're being handled by nerds." THE FONZ

  • justafella Jan 27, 2010

    This is so terribly WRONG!