KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - The mother of accused child killer Jamarion Lawhorn is now charged with felony child abuse for beating her son a year before the boy fatally stabbed a younger child at a Kentwood playground.
Anita Lawhorn, 38, was arrested this week on two counts of child abuse. A charge of child abuse 3rd degree alleges she knowingly or intentionally caused physical harm to her son. It is punishable by two years in prison or up to five years on probation.
A second charge of child abuse 4th degree alleges she struck the boy with a hand/belt and/or extension cord. It is a misdemeanor punishable by a year in jail or up to five years on probation.
Identical charges also were filed against Jamarion's stepfather. Police say Barnard Harrold, 37, whipped the boy with an extension cord and punched him in the chest and stomach.