Mary Gowans, a mother in North Carolina, is facing a misdemeanor child abuse charge for ordering her 12-year-old son beat and abuse his older 15-year-old brother to “beat the gay away”. According to an updated report by local CBS affiliate WECT on August 28, Gowans made her son strip down to his underwear and reportedly beat him with a belt across his body.
According to a Whiteville police report, several people were heard yelling and screaming upon their arrival to the scene and later the 15-year-old said Gowans had the younger brother repeatedly beat him.
Although Gowans originally denied the allegations, claiming that she would never hurt her own children, she later admitted to beating him in an interview by WECT news. She said she beat him in order to protect and prevent him from visiting the older man who she believed sexually molested him. Gowans also admitted that she didn’t agree with the gay lifestyle.
Police did find large abrasion on the 15-year-old’s back which backed up his accusation of abuse.