Two Radcliff women charged with child abuse

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Youngsters required to stand in corner for more than 8 hours

By Jeff D'Alessio

Two Radcliff women were arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with forcing children to stand in a corner Sunday for more than eight hours, police said.


Pamila S. Matlock, 40, and Mary E. Hardin, 27, are charged with two felony counts each of first-degree criminal abuse of a child younger than 12.

Matlock and Hardin, who live together in the 500 block of Patton Drive in Radcliff, were arrested at Radcliff Police Department after questioning.

Kentucky Child Protective Services called on RPD to accompany them Wednesday on an abuse complaint and investigation.

One of the children, a 4-year-old girl, had a bruise under her left eye, a scratch under her right eye and bruising on her buttocks and thigh area, police said. The other child involved is 6 years old.

According to a news release from RPD, “the two confirmed that they had their children stand in the corner for more than 8 hours on separate occasions.” According to an arrest citation, the children were placed in a corner from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday.

The children also were made to stay several hours in a corner on at least one other occasion this month, according to the citation.

Matlock also admitted she “whips her child with a belt,” according to the release. Hardin admitted in the citation she was aware of how Matlock, her boyfriend’s mother, disciplined children and was aware her child was being made to stand in a corner for several hours at a time.

The children now are in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Both women are lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of $10,000 partially secured cash bonds.

If found guilty, the women face up to 10 years in prison on each of the Class C felony counts. They are set to appear at 9 a.m. May 2 in Hardin District Court.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.