A Virginia woman left her 11-year-old daughter swollen and bruised after beating her with an aluminum baseball bat, and then forced the girl to clean up her own blood.
Andrea Gehring, 35, pleaded guilty this week to malicious wounding and child abuse in connection with the attack, the Virginian-Pilot reports.
The attack occurred after the girl told Gehring’s boyfriend that her mother was going to spend the night with another man.
According to a police report obtained by the newspaper, Gehring went out drinking with friends and left her daughter home alone on the evening of November 26.
The suspect later returned to the house, retrieved some clothes and told the girl that she was going to spend the night with a man whom she had dated previously.
Gehring’s current boyfriend arrived at the residence soon after. When the girl told him that her mom was visiting another man, the current boyfriend texted and called Gehring numerous times, according to the newspaper.
Around 1 a.m. the next morning, Gehring returned home and demanded that her daughter tell her what she said to the current boyfriend.
Gehring then beat the girl with the bat and allegedly forced the girl to clean up her own blood, WTKR-TV reports.
Gehring went to work the next day and when she couldn’t get in contact with her daughter, she asked a friend to check on the child. Gehring told the friend that her daughter was not at school because her “face was messed up,” which she blamed on a fall.
When the friend saw the girl’s injuries, she brought the girl to her house and called the child’s father, who took her to the hospital.
Medical staff found that the girl had a fractured left hand, which she sustained trying to defend herself, in addition to bruises on her shoulders, legs and arms and swollen and bruised eyes.
Gehring, who told police that the girl’s injuries occurred after tripping on a dollhouse, is scheduled to be sentenced in November. She faces up to 30 years in prison.
The girl has been staying with relatives since the attack.
Feature photo: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office