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December 12, 2012

Mom receives probation for son’s beating

By CHRISTIN COYNE

ccoyne@weatherforddemocrat.com

Two of four defendants in a February child abuse case, including the victim’s mother, pleaded guilty during the past week to injury to a child, each receiving 10 years probation for their part in the beating of an 11-year-old mentally disabled boy.

Four adults, who lived together, admitted to paddling the boy and holding him down on a table while repeatedly hitting him with a cutting board after he threw a fit, according to arrest warrant affidavits. School employees reportedly found the boy with various injuries across his body, including severe bruising, the following day.

The child’s mother, 39-year-old Gina Delynn Murasky, pleaded guilty Monday to the third-degree felony and was given 10 years probation by 43rd District Judge Trey Loftin, which will include 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Although Murasky is competent, Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said, one of the probation requirements was a mental health assessment and recommendation for treatment and counseling.

The mental health issue was a consideration in the case, according to Swain.

Other probation requirements include parenting classes, anger control counseling and 200 hours of community service in addition to the regular probation conditions, Swain said.

Karen Denise Horner, 32, pleaded guilty Dec. 4 and Jason Radell Harnsberger, 38, pleaded guilty in August. Both received similar 10-year probation sentences that included jail time.

The case against Russell Scott Herrick, 35, is ongoing.

Murasky reportedly brought the child to school Feb. 15 and requested they not contact CPS about scratches on his face.

The boy – diagnosed with mental retardation and functioning at about a second-grade level, according to his school – was taken to the nurse’s office due to concern about the scratches on his head and face. There, the school nurse located severe bruising on his body, court records stated.

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