Georgia mom forced 11-year-old son to strip naked and walk on school property as punishment

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Joyce Sweetheart

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia mother is facing child cruelty charges after she allegedly forced her 11-year-old son to strip down naked and walk through an elementary school parking lot.

Police say the incident occurred Halloween morning after Joyce Sweetheart Cole told her son she was going to embarrass him in front of people if he got in trouble in school, according to FOX 5. The act occurred after school officials called Cole to the school because her son had been accused of kicking another student.

A warrant says she hit her son in the head with her hand while she walked behind him in the parking lot. Several people saw the abuse, but none were able to stop it.

Cole was charged with child cruelty and taken to jail. She has since been released on a $5,000 bond.

Her three children were placed in the state’s custody.