Dothan Woman Arrested for Felony Child Abuse

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Police have arrested a Dothan woman who they say spanked a 3-year-old boy with a belt.

The Dothan Eagle reports Wednesday that court records show
22-year-old Elyse Caster was charged with felony child abuse.

Detectives charged her with spanking the boy on Monday with a
belt, which they said caused bruises on his back, arms, legs,
buttocks, thighs and hips.

Caster was taken to the Houston County Jail and held on a
$15,000 bond.


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  • by elyse caster Location: headland al on Mar 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    Ok check dis out iam his mother nd he spit in my face in called me a b**ch then laughed he knew better he's one of them kids that trys u all the time fallin out cursing spittin hittin nd all dat. So over my dead body will I let him disrespect me. Dats whts wrong with kids these days parents need 2 teach respect
  • by Scottie Location: Samson on Feb 3, 2010 at 07:08 AM
    Maybe a 3 year old doesnt deserve to be hit with a belt, but why can my children go to school and the teachers have the right to hit them with a paddle. If i hit them with a 2x4, then i go to jail.
  • by priscilla Location: samson on Jan 25, 2010 at 08:05 PM
    i dont believe a 3 year old nos right from wrong so i state my opinion thats child abuse its ok to spank your kids but not at 3 thats to young but when they get older yes but not so hard were it puts bruises on them thats awful mom that do that dont really need jail time they need parenting skills is what they need.
  • by Glenda Location: Donalsonville on Jan 23, 2010 at 02:16 PM
    JD Samantha just said she had 3 children,and did not have to hit them. you dont go and just hit a 3 year old. that is not what the child is going to respond to all you are going to do is have that child hate you for the rest of its life.. Children are not dogs and there is a difference if disapplend and abbuse, you can t just train a child. its not a dog..
  • by Thomas Location: Columbia on Jan 22, 2010 at 12:46 PM
    You must control your children by whatever means necessary short of abuse. Whether it's out of fear or love, they must respect you. I spanked my children from an early age. I did not abuse them, I did not embarrass them and I most certainly never left any bruises. I just made sure they understood why they were in trouble and if I did spank them it was always in private. I never spanked them if I was angry and I would never spank them until they understood what they had done wrong. Afterwards, I always made sure they knew that I wasn't angry with them. They also knew that I would get them again if I needed to. The thing I see most is people in public who think their children are going to act differently than they do at home. Don't disipline them in public for something you let them get away with at home. They're just doing what you've trained them to do. Don't try to act like some strict parent in public because it just makes you look silly when your kids are not responding to you.
  • by MJ Location: Dothan on Jan 22, 2010 at 06:20 AM
    Spanking didnt do anything but teach my child how to hit, I dont believe in spanking alot of the old schoolers do but its a way of installing fear and I dont believe in that at all.I have two children and they behave fine, you just have to find what works for your child which involves work, most people are too lazy, its a lot easier for them to just hit em. I find it very hard to believe that a 3 year old did ANYTHING to deserve to be beat with a belt so hard he was bruised. Three year old is a baby, and the mother was probably strung out or had a bad day herself and she probably took it out on her baby, Im glad ppl like this are punished for their crimes!! Obviously out of control, and the police may have prevented her from eventually killing him. People are crazy, protect the children.
  • by Joey Location: dothan on Jan 21, 2010 at 07:23 PM
    Whatever the child did to get the spanking i'm sure they wont do it again unless the state tells them it will be ok. Oh it's ok little kid do what you want to if your mother doesnt like it and punishes you we'll just put her in jail. Concerned, if indeed the mother did spank the child and cause the injuries? Do you think that jail is the proper thing for her? Or perhaps some parenting classes showing the correct way to spank a child? Jail is not the answer for every crime. If the mother is truly a loving mother she has already sufferend enough when she saw the bruises.
  • by Samantha Location: Dothan on Jan 21, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    By the way yes I made the comments earlier this morning and I stand by what I said. Ihav 3 kids 14,11, and 10 ad I do not have to hit them to get a point across and they are very respectful and know what I say I mean. I am mom and beating a child should be a felony I was beat as a kid and have lost all respect for my parents because of it. I am not going to do my kids that way period there are other forms of disipline for kids.
  • by Jen Location: Cowarts on Jan 21, 2010 at 04:46 PM
    Let's get one thing straight, there is a HUGE difference between spanking an unruly child, and child abuse. Yes, if it comes down to it, you should be able to spank your child on the bottom if necessary. However, if you are leaving bruises, you are being TOO harsh. If there are bruises anywhere else on the body, the legs, back, arms, etc., that is definitely child abuse! Also, NEVER spank your child in anger, that only teaches them to react when angry, you may also be so angry you accidentally hurt them. Apparantely, if this child had bruises all over the back of his body, the woman beat him, NOT simple gave him a spanking. If you beat your child, they will only grow up to be a angry and violent. If you spank your child (not out of anger) when they are being rebellious, they will grow up and respect you and authority in general.
  • by mandy Location: samson on Jan 21, 2010 at 03:43 PM
    I agree with you cynthia all the way theres spanking which is discipline but theres whipping at which is what is called abuse but like someone else said maybe someone saw what was going on and was having a bad day or something and just felt like calling the law people are like that
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