Crime

Charlotte woman charged with abusing 15-year-old daughter

A Charlotte mother was charged with child abuse after police said she tied her 15-year-old daughter to a lawn chair and beat her with a metal rod, breaking her left thumb and causing bruises and abrasions all over her body.

The mother told Charlotte-Mecklenburg police she didn’t understand why they were arresting her “for only disciplining her child,” according to a police search warrant filed Friday at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse.

Police charged Dawn Marie Turner, 39, with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury, felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, misdemeanor false imprisonment and misdemeanor communicating threats.

She is free on $38,000 bail.

Police said Turner and her daughter had been arguing before Turner bound her daughter to the chair with duct tape and electrical cord.

During the April 9 assault, the mother said she was going to set the girl on fire, according to the warrant. She left the room, returned and hit the girl in her face with a closed fist, the warrant said.

The teen managed to free herself and escape through a window, according to the warrant.

After hiding for awhile in bushes, the girl contacted her maternal grandmother, who took her to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center-Matthews, according to the warrant.

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