A Lancaster city mother was recently sentenced for beating her pre-teen daughter repeatedly with a belt.
Quottysha Thomas, 35, will serve the next six months on house-arrest, followed by three months on electronic-monitor (SCRAM) supervision, then 14 months of parole. The parole period will be followed by eight years of probation, according to Lancaster County Judge Howard Knisely’s sentence.
The sentence was agreed upon in exchange for Thomas pleading guilty to misdemeanor counts of assault and endangering a child.
In January, staff at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School noticed bruising and swelling on the 10-year-old girl.
The girl then told police that her mother struck her about 15 times with a belt. Thomas admitted to using a belt in the abuse.
Thomas will keep custody of her child, under condition that she complies with parenting classes and other directives from Children & Youth Services.
Assistant District Attorney Janie Swinehart prosecuted the case.
Lancaster city police Officer Matthew Odenthal filed charges.
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