The Panama City Police Department arrested Tina Joyce Gainer and Shelton Deon Watson Jr. for Child Abuse of an 11-year-old boy with Downs Syndrome.
The child lived with his mother Tina Gainer at the Massalina Public Housing complex. Multiple witnesses observed the incident on Feb. 24.
Watson was holding down the child as Gainer repeatedly struck the child in the face, chest, legs, and crotch with a leather weight lifters belt causing injury.
The Florida Dept. of Children & Families sheltered the child.
Gainer and Watson were arrested and transported to the Bay County Jail to await first appearance.
Any one with information or who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact the Panama City Police Dept. at (850) 872-3112.
Anyone witnessing acts they believe to be Child Abuse or Neglect are urged to contact their local law enforcement agency and/or the DCF anonymous tip line at 1-800-96-ABUSE (22873).