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Woman Gets 20 Years for Beating 3 Year Old

Suzie Ellie pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, family violence, child cruelty and battery after Douglas County prosecutors said she severely beat her son last November.

Suzie Elie, 24, pleaded guilty to beating her 3-year-old son and received  30 years, with 20 years to serve behind bars in a Monday, according to wsb.com.

Ellie pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, family violence, child cruelty and battery after Douglas County prosecutors said she severely beat her son last November, the report said.

Elie was spotted hitting her son with a switch on the side of the road, according to the Facebook page.

Assistant District Attorney Rachel Ackley told the court she kicked and beat him with a tree limb because he woke up crying, according to WSB. "That's it. A 3-year-old little boy woke up and he cried. And for that he received one of the worst beatings I've ever seen," Ackley reportedly said.

Misti July 17, 2012 at 06:09 PM
She deserves worse than what she got ! That poor child . My prayers are out for him !!
Jameson July 17, 2012 at 08:04 PM
20 years is ridiculous, everyone in the late 80 early 90s got beat with switches. Just because we don't see it or have to deal with it on a daily basis doesn't make it wrong, thats how you are taught boundaries when you're a kid. 20 years?! she'll be over 50 and the kid will only have memories of getting beat, there are hard times in life but we get past them living and loving each other. That kid is going to be worse off with his mom in jail for 20 years than the switch ever did, think about that..
Misti July 17, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Being spanked and beaten are two different things ! And a 3 yr old at that . Someone needs to take a tree limb and beat her with it !! That baby will be damaged for the rest of his life ! How about think of the baby boy who is in the hospital from it !!!
Fran Armstrong July 17, 2012 at 09:22 PM
If you read the entire article, you would have noticed that she did more than just beat him with a switch. She kicked him and beat him with a tree limb just because he woke up and was crying. I would like to add that some of us grew up to be decent adults and were never beaten with switches. If an adult cannot control their anger around their children then they should seek help.
Bruce July 17, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Let's see the photos. 20 years sounds like a long time to me.
Rita July 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I strongly disagree. I raised my oldest children in the 80's. I did not beat them. They grew up knowing their "boundaries". They are well adjusted members of society who have never been in any trouble. They are now in their 30's with families of their own. You do not need to beat, punch, kick children to teach them right from wrong, or as you put it, "boundaries". A bit less violence in this society is definately needed. To assault a 3 year old, she does need punishment, however, she also needs counseling and a helping hand in learning to rear her children.
Lynn Hubbard July 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Jameson, here is the link to the full story, which is even more horrible. Child abuse is rampent in our society because of attitudes like yours. http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/mom-takes-blame-defends-boyfriend-child-beating-ca/nPxFn/
Misti July 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Bruce check out the link Lynn posted .. She deserves a heavier sentencing instead it's a little like a vacation . Maybe someone should leave the cell open and someone can show her what that poor child went thru !!!
Suzanne July 18, 2012 at 02:47 AM
I say give the other inmates each a switch, line them up both sides of the hallway, and let them take wacks at her all the way down and back...on top of the 20 yrs. Lets see if she cries.
Linda Brouwer July 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM
And her boyfriend walks free? God bless that poor child. HE IS JUST A BABY!!!!
Sally July 19, 2012 at 05:49 PM
The guy that witness this happening was not her boyfriend, instead a family friend who took her in when she needed a place to stay. Because of his generousity and bad judgement when he decided not to intervene, is now facing 10 years(which he does not deserve). Don't get me wrong, im totally against child abuse because i have a child myself. It was many other people that witness the abuse taking place and did not physcially intervene, but instead they just watched, like he did. Should they also be charged? I just saying!! Give him some guidance, some counseling , and probation. He already served some jail time awaiting trail and his still there awaiting sentence, because he made a very stupid judgement call!!!!
Sally July 19, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I stand correct that was her boyfriend from what was stated, but i still think he doesnt deserve 10years
Tanesha Smith July 22, 2012 at 04:44 AM
She doesn't deserve a 30/20 mandatory prison sentence. I'm a RN with 10 yrs correctional nursing experience. Prison isn't the best place for this young woman. I'm very upset her son was hurt, as a community we have a responsibility for the mother as well. Minority women go untreated for many mental health issues such as post-partum depression, PTSD, bi-polar, etc. Our economy is at it’s lowest and with unemployment, foreclosures, failing schools, rising costs of education, lack of health care and GENERATIONS of POOR PARENTING. It's conceivable that if under a lot of pressure and stress one may react poorly to a crying child, especially unskilled. Parenting skills are learned good or bad, many didn't & don't have great examples. She desperately needed parenting and anger management classes. I do agree she must atone for her actions, but that judge abused his power. I will be satisfied if Zimmerman receives a similar sentence but I'm sure he will not get a third of that time. Our jails are over crowded and were paying many thousands of dollars per year for each inmate on an already strained budget. Remember to look in your own backyard at some of the choices you've made or family members and I'm sure if held by the same standards; family cook-outs may be a little less crowded. Until our justice system begins to equally convict the convicted, we'll continue to see outrageous penalties like this. I pray that you are never examined or judged. When We Know Better- We Do Better.
MomOfTwo23 July 22, 2012 at 05:40 AM
TO TANESHA. are you saying that is ok to beat a children. Do you have children. What is wrong with you? No matter how stressed you are that is no excuse to abuse your child. She deserves what she got. I have a 4 year old with adhd and a 1 year old me and my husband have been laid off for 2 months struggling and you don't see me going around beating my children when they annoy me. Sometimes I might feel like it but any good parent would no do that. I believe in a spanking but a beating. The child will now be damaged for life. There are better ways to handle things. ANYONE TO SAY THAT IS OK TO BEAT A CHILD IS IGNORANT. Your children come first, your needs last. They don't know about your problems they are CHILDREN. Innocent children. No child deserves that. I feel so sorry for all the children out there with parents who think that it is ok and they wonder why so many children are getting in trouble these days they feel unloved and have been abused or are just following by a bad example they sorry for nothing parents did. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS AND GROW THE HE** UP
Tanesha Smith July 22, 2012 at 03:13 PM
To MomOfTwo22: I’m a married mom of 2, an LPN & my youngest has a B.A. in Psychology entering Grad school in the fall to be a Clinical Psychologist. My oldest was diagnosed with ADHD in 2nd grade. I’m not surprised your struggling the economy is struggling. Those with little to no education will suffer more. I also said I’m upset the child was hurt. I’ve seen the results of abused children and witnessed groups of parents who have abused first hand; being an RN has given me the experience to work with many different people from different cultures. I’m not condoning child abuse but advocating for assistance and equality in our justice system. Behavior is learned in infancy & when a child isn’t given proper parenting and has limited education, abuse is almost inevitable in any form. Your words “Sometimes I might feel like it” any good parent will never feel like hurting their kids even when annoyed. My reply wasn’t about the child, having a closed & one-sided opinion with limited vocabulary proves you’re the IGNORANT one. Ex. “grow the he** up”. All you were able to comprehend was it’s ok to beat a child. That proves my point the U.S. has a failing school system because that was not what I said or implied. It's unfortunate my previous reply was lost on you. Spanking your children to some is also punishable and not good parenting. Your right I don't see you when spanking your kids but if I did I may feel like it was a beating. I'm sure your kids do too.
Jade July 22, 2012 at 08:12 PM
It's the side of the child we are protecting! Your protecting this evil sick woman? Sounds like you should check ursrlf into a place and never come out----you tanesha and others siding with the mother-are the reason our county and the world is going to ruins! Have you seen the pictures if this helpless beaten child? The poor thing was severely beaten worse than Rodney King--that was t just a switch! Kicking and punching was involved! You suck sick freak!!!!!!
Nicky Nunya July 22, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Beat worse than Rodney King? Are you kidding me?!!!!! I do NOT in ANY WAY condone child abuse of any kind, but you cannot sit here & compare this child's beating to that of Rodney King. 56 baton blows (several to the head) & kicking. They are 2 TOTALLY separate cases, so lets try to remember this while we are calling people names. Although this child is bruised & battered right now, I do believe if given the proper care & love now, this child will overcome what has happened and maybe even forget what has happened. I don't think this child will be bruised & battered for life. I was abused as a child, sometimes being beaten till bloody with a belt buckle or even a piece of 2x4 wood. I am a sane, well rounded, educated adult with 3 kids of my own. They do not, nor have they ever received beatings. I think this woman has some definite issues and I am not sure if her punishment is right or not. I think she is young and lacks the skills it takes to be a parent. I do believe that she is wrong for what she did, but I also feel that in addition to jail time she definitely needs some mental counseling. I also feel that her boyfriend does deserve to be sentenced as well. Let me tell you this.... If I was standing there and a friend of mine put his or her hands on a child like that, I would MOST CERTAINLY and DEFINITELY intervene and stop them. He should not have stood by and allowed her to beat him the way she did. They are both guilty!!!!
rich July 23, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Tanesha, there is no excuse for child abuse, NONE! If she isn't fit to be a parent, which it's obvious, then she should have kept her legs shut! Making excuses for a piece of garbage like her is just pathetic. She actually should have been charged with attempted murder for what she did. We are talking about a three year old baby, not a teenager that got caught stealing or doing drugs (which it would still be wrong). Also I just love how you said that you would be satisfied if Zimmerman gets a similar sentence. First of all, where you there the night Treyvon Martin was killed? There is plenty of evidence that supports Zimmerman's claim, but you obviously don't want to here that. You want him to be executed without even going to trial because you KNOW that he is guilty. You KNOW that Zimmerman wasn't trying to go back to his car and you KNOW that Treyvon did not confront Zimmerman and started to fight him and started to bash his head on the ground. Right? If I lived in a neighborhood that has had a lot of theft and robberies, I would be on the lookout for people walking in the middle of the night too! Maybe Zimmerman was under a lot of pressure and stress and reacted poorly. Or is that only applicable to one race just like hate crimes? You are showing just how racist you really are. And by the way I'm not saying whether Zimmerman is guilty or not, that is for the courts to decide!!!!!
Tanesha Smith July 23, 2012 at 09:12 AM
Rich & Jade: My issue is the courts are subjecting minorities to unfair penalties. Learn what a racist is before you loosely use the word. Zimmerman is Guilty & that's a fact. If the courts don't find him guilty it won't be the first time they have used poor judgment. Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo were shot and killed by police trained to carry and use a weapon and were not guilty. A community watchman isn’t allowed to carry a concealed weapon. It’s too bad that Treyvon wasn’t able to defend himself better after being stalked in his own neighborhood. I believe she was sentenced too harshly and I doubt the child is scarred for life but having his mother taken from him for twenty plus years is much more cruel. His mother needs supportive techniques to help her learn how to communicate and develop parenting skills. Many different cultures have used braided switches, belts and their hands to spank or beat their kids. In time after research many things done in the past aren't done any more when taught different. When We Know Better We Do Better. Some of you also need help communicating. Calling people names is childish just because there is a difference of opinion. I realize that we have a judicial system and it should sentence fairly. Unfortunately Justice is blind and some people in power share the same opinion as you. Until all kids have proper parenting and are taught to handle challenges we'll never break the cycle of abuse. Patience is not taught in jail beatings are.
MomOfTwo23 July 23, 2012 at 01:17 PM
TANESHA: I am not an ignorant person. I graduated high school early. I went to college and graduated for medical billing/coding and phlebotomy AND HAD A 4.0. I am far from ignorant. It seems to me like you think you are better than everyone else. Just because I don't use a huge vocabulary doesn't mean I am IGNORANT or that the "school system failed". Any spanking should not look like you are beating your child a spanking is a pop on the hand or booty not repeated beating. And on any good parenting wanting to hurt their kids, that is a lie, EVERY parent has thought of it at one point it's even in parenting books but I guess your above everyone else. It's people like you who ruin our economy. You think your all high and mighty. Good luck with that. ALSO you are a hypocrite ex "Calling people names is childish just because there is a difference of opinion". You have been calling me ignorant. Wow your a hypocrite too.
rich July 24, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Tanesha: First of all, please contact the prosecution in the Zimmerman trial because apparently you must have some evidence that nobody else has seen. When Zimmerman shot Treyvon he was not "on duty", he was on his way to the store when he spotted him. When you live in an area that has had a rash of burglaries you tend to be more alert and you start to wonder when you see a guy walking in the rain in the middle of the night. Now why was Treyvon there in the first place? Oh yeah, it's because his mother had sent him to stay with his dad, who was visiting a friend, because he had been suspended AGAIN from school for having marijuana on him. And don't forget about the school's resource officer, he said that he had found a screwdriver and a bunch of women's jewelry in Treyvon's book bag along with the pot. So obviously he wasn't the saint that everyone portrays him to be. But enough about that, this woman severely beat this child, she started with the switch and when that broke she started using a branch from a tree. At the same time she was kicking him, a THREE YEAR OLD!!! If the cops wouldn't have gotten there when they did she probably would have killed him. She beat him so bad that he had a lacerated liver. Now since you keep mentioning that you are a nurse, then I'm sure that you are aware that abdominal injuries are the second leading cause of child abuse-related death! Do you really think she would have taken the risk of being arrested by taking him to the hospital? NO!!
rich July 24, 2012 at 06:06 AM
The sad thing is that Tanesha is a mother herself, I feel sorry for those kids! I don't see how anyone can defend that woman. Apparently to them it's okay if you nearly kill your child as long as you learn your lesson! And i agree with you, if you take into consideration that this was a three year old child, he was beaten worse than Rodney King.
charle batiste July 25, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Based on her name, i assume she is Haitian. As an Haitian, i can testify first hand that "beating" is part of the Haitian culture to raise a child. Please do some research on that topic before you start making some incendiary comments. May be she was "BEATING" also as a child and she doesn't know any better.
rich July 26, 2012 at 05:05 AM
I hate to say it, but if nearly killing your child by kicking and beating him with a tree branch is part of the Haitian culture then no wonder Haiti is in the shape it is. I come from an island very close to Haiti and in my country there is a difference between spanking and beating! But even if beating you child is part of the "culture" it doesn't mean she can come to this country and disregard the laws just because it's part of her "culture". It's just mind boggling how some people can defend this woman. There is no excuse for this, I don't care if she was beaten as a child herself. Anybody with half a brain knows that child abuse is just plain wrong.
Julie Camp July 26, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Charlie, ignorance of the law is no defense. Also, if she was beaten as a child, she should not beat her children. There is no excuse.
charle batiste July 26, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Rich and Julie, I am not justifying what she did. I am just offering some explanations of why she may have done it. Now, she lives in the US and she broke the law. Of course she has to pay the price. We always wonder "why" when crimes are commited. Are we not asking why James Holmes killed these innocent people in a theater? Rich, what country are you from?
FrauRosenrot September 21, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Any form of corporal punishment is just showing off aggression, and anyone who says it is for the good of the child is a hypocrite who can't look at themselves in an objective way. You wouldn't be resorting to violence in the first place if you were a rational and emotionally-secure person. You have no RIGHT of destiny to hit someone else to make your point... it doesn't have to be something as extreme as this attack on the side of the road, complete with stomping. Its much more frustrating to me than this individual assault that it takes something as over-the-top as that to get everyone's attention, it is the equivalent of a slapping a woman down being acceptable... and stabbing her with a knife being the point where it becomes unacceptable. Children are struck everyday, everywhere. This lady is a loser... but a scapegoat. Children have been killed by families and their murderers have received less or no time. I condemn violence wholly, and to try to explain it away when it comes to children with ANYTHING, i.e the child deserved it, or its best not to interfere and to just let families decide whats best, or well it says in the bible... any excuse is cowardly and irresponsible. In this society children are required to grow up with an education, food has to be provided for them, they have to receive some medical care. The idea that violence is acceptable when interacting with them is a leap from the principles of such a society, they should be the most protected members of it.
Momma of 2 January 30, 2013 at 06:22 AM
This woman derserve to be beaten and beaten and beaten again and left there to bleed I can't stand people who abuse childern if u can't take care of them properly then don't have them

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