5-Year-Old’s Mother And Boyfriend Guilty Of Near-Deadly Beating

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(Memphis) The woman who possibly saved the life of a child beaten by her mother and her mother’s boyfriend is speaking out for the first time since their conviction.

Jennifer Banks and Kenon Pack face 25 years for the aggravated child abuse they heaped on a 5-year-old child.

The conviction falls three years to the day when that 5-year-old victim got to school and was so severely beaten, bruised and cut open that she couldn’t sit down or even walk properly.

“Skin tight. Puss running. Discoloration. Just swollen and you could hear her moaning,” Alcy Elementary Principal Sunya Payne said about the victim who showed up to school brutalized.

Payne still can’t shake the horrific images of the abused kindergarten student. Thanks to her fast action, the 5-year-old little girl was rushed to Le Bonheur in critical condition with internal bleeding.

“I didn’t know if she was going to make it. That’s how bad the bruises were,” said Payne.

Payne stayed at the hospital as her student’s caretaker for days because the girl’s mother and her boyfriend were under arrest and charged with brutalizing the little girl.

“She has scars on her that cannot be removed. I mean, she had a skin graft and that mark will be there the rest of her live,” said Payne.

The little girl, now 8, testified in court this week, clutching a teddy bear as she recounted the horrific experience of being beaten with a homemade paddle, wrapped in duct tape with a belt on the end.

“Very difficult for a little girl to sit up on the stand, and it’s difficult to watch. Their feet don’t touch the ground. They’re nervous. They’re scared,” said District Attorney General Amy Weirich.

The victim is now living with the father’s parents in West Memphis.

Principal Payne says she never expected Banks and Pack would do something like that, and now she pleads with everyone to turn over any suspicions you have that a child may be in danger, because it could be going on where you least expect it.

“It’s very important for an individual to take anything a child says seriously because you never know,” said Payne.

District Attorney Weirich says there is a difference in disciplining your child and breaking the law.

She says if you injure your child in the process of disciplining them, you can and should be charged.


  • Skeptic

    I hope they get the full sentence and may their soul rot in hell. I hope there is a special place for people that hurt children and animals in hell.

  • jeremy

    I think we should send them to jail with child abuser tattooed on their forehead and give their cell mates the same paddle they used to beat that little girl! simply sick! If you do not feel you are responsible enough to have a child there is birth control ,condoms , or adoption.Its people like this that give our city a bad name!

    • not sure

      Thank God the teacher reacted and justice was at least served and that they will spend allot of time in a cell with Big Bubba and big Bertha dishing out pay back. I am pretty sure there will be allot of pay back guards and prisoners do not like people who harm a child.

  • Sad

    I wish this little sweet girl the best! There has to come a point in today’s time, that this is stopped! When society is constantly handing out free living for people like these two, then what does everyone expect! These two people are horrible and need to spend the rest of their lives in jail not just 25 years, this little girl has to live with this the rest of her life, so why do they only get 25 years and she now has a life sentence of this horrific experience! I hope are grandparents hug her everyday and tell her how important she is to them!

  • 1dcw

    Why allow anyone in the family custody of this poor child. She would be better off with a new family, never having to see her own parents again that almost killed her.

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