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Fayetteville mother accused of beating children with cord, rod

Posted January 27, 2010 10:48 a.m. EST
Updated January 27, 2010 11:08 a.m. EST

— 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.