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Authorities: Mom beat toddler during potty training

Posted June 27, 2008 11:52 a.m. EDT
Updated June 27, 2008 9:52 p.m. EDT

A Fayetteville woman has been charged with beating her 3-year-old son while trying to potty train him, authorities said Friday.

Rhiana Erica Lingham, 22, of 619 Devoe St., was charged with child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury. She was being held Friday in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond.

Lingham initially was charged with misdemeanor child abuse, but the charge was upgraded after investigators found numerous marks on the boy’s torso, legs and groin, authorities said.