A judge sentenced a woman to 12 years in prison Friday after the woman admitted duct-taping a girl to a futon and beating her with a belt.
Tammy Lyn Hopkins, 36, of Oklahoma City, avoided trial on a child abuse charge by pleading guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors. She faced a minimum of 20 years in prison if convicted by a jury, prosecutors said.
Kizzy Tremaine Johnson, 33, of Oklahoma City, the child's mother, is set to face trial Monday on child abuse and marijuana possession charges.
Police were called to the girl's school in August 2011 after she told her teacher that her mother and her mother's girlfriend duct-taped her to a bed and took turns beating her with a belt.
The girl, then 11, had visible bruising on her left forearm, left bicep and inner right thigh, police said.
The girl told police Hopkins hit her with a belt and caused the bruising on her thigh. Johnson, she said, caused the bruising on her arm with a belt, police reported.
The women laughed at the girl while she was crying, according to court records.
The now-12-year-old girl testified in June that she didn't understand why she was being punished, adding that she and her three siblings received beatings for various offenses, even if they didn't commit them.
“We're all a team,” the girl testified. “When one person gets in trouble we all get in trouble.”
All four children were placed in foster homes.