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A Racine County foster parent, who allegedly pinched, bit and pulled the ears of a two-year-old girl left her in care, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday,July 22.

Kathleen Lyman, 45, of Racine, was charged with three felony counts of physical abuse to a child. If convicted on all three charges, Lyman faces up to 33 years in prison and/or fined up to $30,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Racine Police investigated allegations of child abuse against Lyman for causing bruises on a two year-old girl. Investigators with the Kenosha County Human Services Department learned that the girl had bruises on her ears, face and torso. Kenosha County investigated the case because Lyman is a Racine County foster care parent and Racine County cannot conduct the investigation.

The bruises were determined by police and medical personnel to be bite marks caused by an adult, according to the complaint.

Initially Lyman told the case manager that the girl’s two older brothers bit her, but then she later told police she was frustrated with the girl’s behavior.

Lyman told police that she possibly grabbed the girl’s ears and pinched her face too hard while she was brushing her hair. Later Lyman was going to take the girl to the park. She tried to get her to go the bathroom, but she wouldn’t and later did after Lyman put a diaper on her. Lyman told police she then held up the girl and bit her.

Held at the Racine County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond, Lyman is expected to have a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 5.




Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.