Mom, boyfriend accused of child abuse

November 1, 2008 7:46:27 PM PDT
A mother and her boyfriend have been accused of beating the woman's 6-year-old son. Jessica Muniz and Anthony Badalamenti were arrested at their apartment in Merrick.

A neighbor called 911 after hearing the child scream for help and "whipping" sounds.

Police said they found the boy with cuts and bruises on his body as well as two belts that may have been used for beating him.

The boy was treated at a local hospital, and then released into the care of a relative.

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