An Ardmore mother accused of abusing/neglecting one of her three children appeared in Carter County District Court Thursday and told Special District Judge Carson Brooks she would waive her right to a preliminary hearing in the case. Brooks ordered Brandi Bolton bound over for trial and sent formal arraignment for 9 a.m. Feb. 1.
The 36-year-old woman was arrested after Ardmore police and Department of Human Services child welfare worker responded in early November to a report she was abusing the child.
“We received information concerning possible child abuse and once we arrived the mother told us that one of her 10-year-old twin boys was uncontrollable — she called him ‘the mean one’. The child did not need medical attention or have physical injuries, but the way she was punishing him was inappropriate,” Capt. Keith Ingle said at the time.
A search warrant served at the residence yielded evidence of the abuse.
Bolton was arrested and subsequently charged Nov. 3. by the district attorney’s office. Formal charges accuse Bolton of using “cruel methods” of discipline including confining the 10-year-old in a small dog kennel, covering the kennel with a blanket, pouring cold water on him, throwing hard objects at him and threatening to break his legs by running him over with a car.
Bolton currently remains detained pending the posting of a $10,000.