A 12-year-old girl testified Friday that her mother and another woman put duct tape over her mouth and taped her wrists to a futon before they beat her with a belt as her younger siblings watched.
“I was getting a whooping,” the girl said during a preliminary hearing for Kizzy Tremaine Johnson, 33, and Tammy Lyn Hopkins, 31, of Oklahoma City.
After hearing testimony from the girl and a police officer, Oklahoma County Special Judge Stephen P. Alcorn ordered the women to face trial on child abuse charges.
Johnson, the girl's mother, also is charged with marijuana possession. Both defendants have prior convictions in Oklahoma County for drug possession, and Johnson has a 2006 conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to court records.
Police were called to the girl's school in August 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 reported.
The girl told police Hopkins hit her with a belt and caused the bruising on her thigh. Johnson caused the bruising on her arm with a belt, the girl told police.
The women laughed at the girl while she was crying, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The girl and her three younger siblings were placed into protective custody.
All four children are living in foster homes.
When Assistant District Attorney Suzanne Lavenue asked the girl Friday if she understood why she was being punished, she said, “No, I didn't.”
The girl also testified that all four children received beatings for various offenses even if they didn't commit them.
“We're all a team,” the girl said. “When one person gets in trouble we all get in trouble.”
The girl's younger brother regularly got spanked for wetting the bed, she said.