Erica Moore woke up one night to catch her then-18 year-old-male cousin giving oral sex to her 15-year-old son in his room. Her first reaction? Beat her son.
“I had walked in the room on [my cousin] giving oral sex to my son and I started whooping my son, and I’m the one who got in trouble as a result of me whooping him,” Moore told CBSDFW.
That “whooping” caused bleeding and left marks on her son’s thighs, forearms, hands, torso and back according to Forest Hill Police.
After police were alerted to the injuries by the boy’s grandmother, Moore, who said she doesn’t believe in homosexuality, was arrested and charged with assault with bodily injury to a family member, a charge that she is fighting.
“The police department told me that it was consensual, but they was committing a homosexual act in my house and we are totally against that,” Moore said. “So I whooped my son and about three or four months later they came and arrested me for abuse.”
Marissa Gonzales works with Child Protective Services. She told CBS the seriousnous of the boy’s injuries led to the charges.
“If you are leaving the child with severe injuries or bruises, then obviously we might be talking about abuse,” Gonzalez said.
Moore told CBS that the police officer who arrived told her he empathized with her and would have probably done more if it were his son.
“Even that day when the police officer came out here, he told me out of his own mouth, ‘If it was me and I walked in on my child,’ he said, ‘parent to parent I probably would have shot him,” Moore said. “‘I probably would have shot both of them’ he said but with the law you can’t, you’re not allowed to put whoops on him. He said you can whoop him but you’re not allowed to leave any marks on him.”
Forest Hill Police Chief Dan Dennis refutes those claims.
“Miss Moore’s statement of the officer’s alleged inappropriate comments are simply untrue,” Dennis told CBS. “The conversation was recorded. The officer’s conduct was entirely professional. The Forest Hill Police Department does not discriminate against any citizen based on sexual orientation.”
The charge against Moore carries jail time. She claims she was within her parental rights to discipline her son in a way that “she was taught.”
“I actually caught this going on in my house so how was I supposed to react to it,” she said. “I supposed to just let it go? No! We was taught to discipline our kids and we whoop our kids,” she added.