Days before Mother's Day, a young boy in South Carolina was beaten by his mother for not giving her a Mother's Day card.
Shontrell Murphy, 30, became filled with range when she found out her 6-year-old son had made a Mother's Day card for his grandmother and not for her, WHNS reported.
On May 11, Murphy's daughter called the Spartanburg Police Department to the home following the incident.
Police arrived to find a grandmother surrounded by her two grandchildren -- one of which, a young boy, was crying.
It would later become clear why the boy was visibly upset.
All three witnesses separately reported that upon finding out that her son gave his grandmother (her mother) a handmade Mother's Day card, without giving her anything, Murphy ripped up the card and hit her son over the head a number of times.
The torn up card was found at the home, police said in the report.
Murphy did not deny smacking the child, but she did reject that her outbreak was in any way too extreme or violent.
When asked why she did it, Murphy said it was because she could, WSPA reported.
The mother-of-two stated that her son had been accused of behavioral issues at school, and thought of this as a form of discipline that could translate to better reports from school..
Murphy was arrested that night, WABC reported.
Her 6-year-old son was transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he was evaluated for head trauma.
At the hospital, a nurse stated that the boy admitted to being hit by his mother all the time and said he was afraid of her.
Similarly, Murphy's daughter admitted to the beating not being a one-time-thing.
The young boy was released without incident, but the same can't be said about his mother.
Murphy was released from the Spartanburg County Detention center, but she has been charged with cruelty to children.
According to Childhelp.org, a child abuse report in the United States is made every 10 seconds.
In 2014, the reported victims of child abuse would have filled 10 football stadiums.
Every year, 3.6 million referrals are made to agencies that handle child abuse. Because a referral can include multiple children, the actual number of potential child abuse victims adds up to over 6 million children.
Those numbers don’t include victims who refrain from reporting.
By May 14, police reports did not state whether Murphy has an attorney.