A 10-year-old boy is in the care of a family member a Woonsocket mother allegedly dragged him along a sidewalk while beating him, police said.
Aisha Walters, 26, reportedly was walking down First Avenue on Saturday night when she got into an argument with the boy. She then started yelling and punched the boy in the stomach and legs before dragging him along the sidewalk by his arms and legs and ears.
Police said a group of neighbors witnessed the incident and intervened.
Walters was charged with second degree child abuse and is being held at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston on an earlier charge of robbery. Bail on the child abuse charge was set at $10,000 with surety.
The state Department of Children, Youth and Families was contacted.