Longs woman charged with cruelty to children after 9-year-old reports being hit with belt

A Longs woman was released on $500 bail after Horry County police charged her on Sunday with cruelty to children, according to authorities.

Barbara Shenette Smith, 27, of Longs was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 7:16 a.m. and released at 4:17 p.m. Sunday, according to jail records.

The charge stemmed from police being called Friday to North Myrtle Beach Elementary School after a 9-year-old boy told school officials that he had been beaten because he was playing with his little brother, according to a police report. The boy said the incident happened Thursday.

The boy showed school officials and police the bruises and marks on his back, chest and shoulders.

Officers noted the injuries looked like rivet holes from a belt, which the victim said was used on him, according to the report.

Officers spoke to Smith who said the boy had been misbehaving and had gotten in trouble at school again so she hit him with a belt, according to the report. Smith told police she went overboard with the punishment and gave police the belt.

Police said they contacted officials with the state Department of Social Services and presented the case to a magistrate for an arrest warrant.