Officer accused of beating son with plastic hanger

Posted at 9:42 AM, Oct 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-21 09:42:00-04

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Jacksonville Sheriff's officer is accused of spanking her son with a plastic coat hanger.

Undersheriff Pat Ivey says 37-year-old Erica Nicole McRae was arrested Tuesday and is charged with child abuse. Ivey says the arrest followed an Oct. 12 incident that the child told someone at school about.

The Florida Times-Union ( ) reports McRae has decided to go on leave without pay for the duration of the investigation.

According to Ivey, the child was disciplined for misbehaving at school and was struck multiple times with the plastic hanger.

Authorities say the boy had visible bruises on the forearms and thighs. The child's age wasn't provided.

The officer's discipline record shows citizen complaints in 2006 and 2010 and vehicle accidents in July 2013 and in September.