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Oklahoma City women to face trial after girl taped to bed, beaten

Kizzy T. Johnson, 33, and Tammy L. Hopkins, 31, of Oklahoma City, have been charged with child abuse in the beating of a 12-year-old girl.
by Tim Willert Published: June 16, 2012

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.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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