Kentucky woman accused of using wooden spoon to discipline children

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky woman is accused of using a wooden spoon to discipline her children, authorities said.

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Jessica L. Maddux, 25, of Hopkinsville, was arrested Thursday, WZTV and Kentucky New Era reported. She is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal abuse, according to WHOP.

According to a police report, Maddux is accused of using the utensil to hit the children, ages 5 and 6, on July 13 and 14, the radio station reported.

The report states that children told social workers about the incident, and photos showed bruising on their legs and buttocks, according to WHOP.

According to police, Maddux admitted she had spanked the children with the wooden spoon as a disciplinary measure, the radio station reported.

Maddux’s boyfriend, Donnie Freeman, 26, was also arrested after he allegedly hit the children with his hand, WKDZ reported.