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Cops: Couple Made Boy, 11, Continually Stand in Corner

Mom and boyfriend have been charged with child abuse
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2015 9:43 AM CST

(Newser) – An 11-year-old Utah boy told investigators that, from October to November of last year, his mother's boyfriend made him stand in the corner without moving, except to go to the bathroom, eat, and sleep. If he moved otherwise, the boyfriend would allegedly punch him in the head or hit him with a belt; the boy told authorities he was hit every night of this period, and that one night he was hit with the belt 51 times. Now the boyfriend, Anthony Berardi, 28, and the mother, Amanda Ramirez, 29, have been charged, KSL reports.

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According to court documents, Ramirez watched and did not prevent the beatings; she allegedly told police, "We are both enforcing my rules." It's not clear how the two were caught, but an arrest warrant was issued for Berardi on Jan. 21 and he was booked into jail on Friday. Both have been charged with 10 counts of child abuse. (Read more child abuse stories.)

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