Mayflower mother accused in child abuse case


Formal charges have been filed in a child abuse case against a Mayflower woman.

Online records show that a second-degree domestic battery charge was formally filed against Kathryn Rose Christian, 30, in Faulkner County Circuit Court at 10:42 a.m. Thursday.

The Mayflower Police Department launched an investigation against the 30-year-old on Nov. 13 after the woman’s husband notified school officials that his wife had beaten one of the couple’s children.

According to a felony probable cause affidavit, the woman’s husband told Mayflower Junior High School officials and Mayflower Sgt. Doug Hunter that Christian hurt the couple’s 10-year-old child with a metal curtain rod.

Other court documents reveal the woman is also accused of threatening to sell the couple’s children.

“They have been threatened to be sold [and] receive expletive profanity daily,” the woman’s husband wrote in a request to have a protection order activated against Christian.

According to court documents the children were beaten daily by their mother but were “too scared” to tell anyone.

After learning about the alleged abuse, the woman’s husband witnessed and recorded an incident where she began “holding her child down by the neck [and] shoulder area before striking him with a [long] metal curtain rod,” court documents state.

When question by authorities about the incident involving a curtain rod, Christian reportedly admitted to abusing her child.

“I just lost it,” she reportedly said, adding that she was bipolar and stopped taking her medications since September.

Second-degree domestic battery is a Class C felony. If found guilty, the Mayflower woman faces up to 10 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.

Christian is currently scheduled to appear Monday in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a plea and arraignment hearing regarding the allegations against her.

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