Broom beating injures boy, 1

Deesonia Smith (left) and Madeline Mikell.

After a woman beat a 1-year-old boy with a broom, the child’s mother gave her a taste of her own medicine, authorities said.

The mother said she wanted the woman to feel the same pain her son endured, so she beat her with the same broom. She was not charged, but police are still investigating.

The boy’s 34-year-old mother told police that she noticed several bruises on his arms and hands Monday after she picked up her two sons from their baby sitter. She had dropped them off at the apartment Wednesday afternoon.

The children’s baby sitter, Madeline Mikell, 43, of Reid Street, told the woman she should take the boy to a hospital, but she did not give a reason why, an incident report states.

The mother asked her 3-year-old son what happened to his younger brother, police said. He replied that another woman, Deesonia Smith, 30, beat the boy with a broom, according to the report. Smith lives in another apartment in the Reid Street residence.

Mikell confirmed the boy’s story, police said.

The mother told police she beat Smith with the broom so she’d feel the same pain. She was not charged in the incident, but police spokesman Charles Francis said the case is still under investigation and that officers are looking into the allegations. Police confiscated the red broom, which was bent.

The child was transported to Medical University Hospital for treatment of his injuries, police said. Francis said Tuesday that the boy was doing fine.

Smith is charged with inflicting great bodily injury upon a child and was held at the Charleston County jail on Tuesday in lieu of $200,000 bail, court records show.

Mikell is charged with unlawful conduct toward a child and was also held at the jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, according to court records.