A Pennsylvania woman is behind bars after choking and beating her 6-year-old autistic son. Investigators say Elena Lovorn beat, strangled and scratched her son on Saturday afternoon. Lovorn allegedly lost her temper when her son had an accident in his pants.
According to a report on KDKA, police responded to call at a home in Arnold, Pennsylvania. When officers arrived, a woman showed them photos of a child with scratches and bruises on his face.
In the criminal complaint, police say the photo showed scratches on his neck, swollen and bloody lips, bruising on his eyebrows, and a scratch and bruise behind his ear. The witness told police that the child’s mother beat him after he defecated in his pants.
The witness went on to say that after the child had the accident, Lovorn took the boy into the bathroom to change him. Another witness at the scene said that they could hear the child screaming and crying. When the witness tried to help the child, Lovorn locked the door.
According to the witnesses, the child had no injuries when he arrived at the home. When he walked out of the bathroom, he was bloody and bruised. After seeing what Lovorn did to the child, the witnesses called the police.
Following the conversation with the witnesses, the police entered the home. Authorities found the child inside with the injuries they saw in the photo. After seeing the boy, the officers noted the scratch marks on his neck appeared to be strangulation marks.
Upon seeing the boy, police arrested Lovorn for the abuse to her child. They placed her in a squad car and transported her to station. While in the car, police asked Lovorn if she wanted to make a statement. Lovorn told the officer, “I thought I had a right to remain silent.”
When she arrived at the station, authorities booked her for simple assault, reckless endangerment, strangulation, and endangering the welfare of a child. The strangulation charge is a level 2 felony, and the endangering the welfare of a child is a level 3 felony.
If Lovorn is convicted on the strangulation charge, she could face up to 10 years in prison.
Given the criminal history of the mother, the question remains why she continued to have custody of the child. The fact that she beat the child in the presence of others calls into question about how she treated the boy in private.
There are no details on the current custody status of the boy. However, Lovorn is still in custody on $100,000 bond. Hopefully, the child will recover from the injuries and placed with loving caregivers.
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