Mom hit son after grandma got Mother’s Day card instead, police say

Shontrell Murphy booking photo (WSPA photo)
Shontrell Murphy booking photo (WSPA photo)

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – A Spartanburg woman is accused of hitting a little boy after he made a Mother’s Day card for his grandmother, instead of her.

Shontrell Yurmeish Murphy, 30, is charged with Cruelty to children (Torture, deprivation), according to warrants.

Police say it happened on May 11 at a home on the 100 block of Amos St. in the city limits.

The warrant says the 6-year-old boy was hit in the head “really hard a few times,” according to the boy’s sister who witnessed it.

The boy’s sister said Murphy got upset because the card wasn’t for her. She said Murphy tore it up and hit the boy repeatedly, according to the report.

She told police that Murphy hits them all the time.

The boy’s grandmother said she saw Murphy hit the boy three times in the head.

When she asked Murphy why she hit the little boy, she said “because she could,” according to the police report.

Murphy told police the boy had behavioral problems in school and wants to discipline him.

She said she hit him in the head, but didn’t think it was hard or violent, according to the report.

The boy told the officer his head hurt and he was sad. He told police Murphy hit him 5 times in the head.

The boy was taken to the hospital. He told a nurse that Murphy hits him all the time and he is afraid of her, according to the report.

The nurse said she didn’t see any trauma to his head. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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