A Racine woman was charged with child abuse after she beat a 13-year-old girl while she was sleeping.

Demtrice Patton, 36, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with physical abuse of a child (intentionally cause bodily harm) and misdemeanor bail jumping. If convicted of both charges, Patton faces up to 10 years nine months in prison and/or fines of up to $20,000.

According to the criminal complaint, Patton had been drinking liquor and smoking crack cocaine throughout the day. She had been yelling: “I’ll beat that little heifer ass (the girl) anytime she is disrespectful towards me! So I guess I will just have to be back to prison where I’m comfortable!”

Patton grabbed the girl and struck her while she was sleeping. This caused the girl’s eye to swell up. A seven-year-old girl saw Patton beat the girl. She ran downstairs because she was frightened, according to the complaint.

When the officer arrived, the girl was afraid to speak to him and asked to talk to him outside.

A repeat offender, Patton was convicted of drug charges in 2012 and twice for disorderly conduct in 2014.

Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch ordered Patton not to have contact with her children. A cash bond of $1,000 was set.

A competency hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 28.

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