A Charleston woman is facing a child abuse charge after an elementary school principal noticed severe bruising on her young son's upper body.
Charleston detectives and Child Protective Services workers went to Kenna Elementary School Friday morning to investigate after Karen Price, the school's principal, noticed bruising on a 9-year-old student.
Price told officers the boy arrived at the school that morning with the bruises and that the boy told her his mother, identified as Chandra Kay Ross, 26, of Lawndale Lane, beat him with a belt Thursday night, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
Detectives also found severe bruising and whelps on the boy's upper arms and the left side of the boy's neck that appeared to be new, the complaint said.
The boy told detectives he fell onto the couch at his home Thursday night, close to bedtime, and Ross hit him repeatedly with a belt. The boy said his bruises were the result of the beating.
A warrant issued Friday for Ross' arrest charges her with child abuse resulting in injury.