Mother accused of punching child, injuring 2 others over broken TV

Mother accused of punching child, injuring 2 others over broken TV

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – The allegations against Louisville mother Kemah Clark are pretty disturbing. Police say she abused her three children over a broken TV. They also say that the abuse involved punching one of them and hitting them with a belt.

This happened at a home on Masemure Court, that’s off of Goldsmith Lane in the Bon Air neighborhood. Clark didn’t spend that much time in jail. She was arrested and booked on Saturday and got out of jail on Sunday.

She explained her version of what happened to WAVE 3 News reporter Maira Ansari on Monday. The 30-year-old mother didn’t want to be on camera, but agreed to speak about the allegations against her. Police called her actions cruel punishment.

“I’ve been taking care of them for 13 years by myself,” Clark said. “I would never harm my kids. I love them with everything in me.”

But according to a police report, on Saturday January 11th, Clark confessed to intentionally causing physical injury to her three children, while disciplining them for a broken TV.

Police say her 12-year-old was punched in the face multiple times, causing a swollen eye and bloody lip. The 7-year-old suffered a laceration to the back of his right ear caused by a belt buckle, the other 7-year-old suffered a bruise to his leg from the belt.

"That's a lie," Clark said.

“Can you explain to me what happened?” reporter Maira Ansari questioned Clark.

“I don’t want to go into details,” Clark said. “I didn’t beat all three of them. It was only two.”

“So, you admit... what did you do?” Ansari questioned.

"I disciplined them," Clark said. "Yeah, that's what I did. I disciplined them."

"So, what did you do," Ansari questioned.

“What do you mean, ‘what did i do?’” Clark questioned Ansari.

“What is your interpretation of discipline, what happened?” Ansari questioned.

“I mean, because they were damaging stuff, she (neighbor) kept complaining about the noise,” Clark said. “So, I disciplined them as a parent. What you do, you discipline your kids. That’s what I did.”

Clark said a neighbor, who has had an issue with her and her children about noise, is the one who called police. She wouldn’t elaborate on what her discipline entailed.

When Clark spoke to WAVE 3 News, she denied punching her child in the face. Clark said her children are in the custody of a family member. She’s facing three counts of child abuse.

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