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A Racine woman was charged with child abuse after she whipped her daughter with an electrical cord, which left marks on her.

Dawneitha Gant, 37, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with physical abuse of a child. If convicted, Gant faces up to three years six months in prison and/or fined up to $10,000.

Gant is being held on a $5,000 signature bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Gant disciplined her child by whipping her with an electrical cord on bare skin after the girl got into trouble at school. The child told police that Gant struck her with the cord for more than 10 minutes on back, arms and legs. Gant didn’t give her ice for the swelling and then went to bed.

Gant told the Racine Police Department that she had had problems with her high school-aged daughter for several years and the high school had called every two weeks. Gant warned the girl that if she got into trouble again that she would spank her. Gant, who was crying, told the investigator that she was a single parent “trying to raise her kids right but (the girl) wasn’t going with the program.”

She also said that she was working at night after her children were in bed and she is home when they got home from school. Gant had been “doing better by the family” by moving out of an apartment and into a four-bedroom home.

Officers could not find the electrical cord when they searched the home. The girl could also not recall what color the cord was or where she got it from.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 9 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.


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.