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Myrtle Beach woman charged with cruelty to children

A 35-year-old Myrtle Beach woman was arrested after a 13-year-old boy told police she struck him with a belt, according to a police report.

Kelly A. O’Hearn was charged with cruelty to children after officers saw the boy walking along Grissom Parkway near Mr. Joe White Avenue about 6 p.m. Sunday, police said.

The teen was upset and told the officer he had been hit with a belt and was walking to his grandmother’s house, according to the report. The officer reported a large welt and some abrasions on the teen's back.

O’Hearn told police she did hit the boy with a belt and commented on his size and uncooperative manner, according to the report. The teen, who is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds, was taken into emergency protective custody and later released to his grandmother.