Responding to a 911 call, a cop arrived last Saturday evening to the Whiteville residence Mary Gowans, 41, shares with her children. An officer noted there “was yelling and screaming from several subjects outside the house.”
According to a Whiteville Police Department report, the teenager told an officer that Gowans, seen at right, had instructed his younger brother to “strike him repeatedly and he was instructed not to fight back.”
The victim told police that his mother then made him strip to his underwear and “proceeded to strike him with a belt across his body.” The brothers told police that their mother “stated that she was going to beat the gay out of him.”
Gowans also allegedly struck the victim “with a stick that left a large abrasion on his left shoulder.” The victim’s injuries were photographed after the he was transported to the office of a magistrate.
Free on bond, Gowans is scheduled for an October 9 District Court hearing in the child abuse case. She was previously busted this year for assault and battery and, following the abuse bust, was collared for driving without a license and driving with a child in the car’s front seat.