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Augusta mother accused of punching son for not washing face, brushing teeth

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 2:13 PM
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An Augusta mother is facing charges that she punched her 5-year-old son in the face when he refused to wash his face and brush his teeth.

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Bianca Yondale Larkin, 25, called a friend to pick up her son from River Glen Apartments on East Telfair Street on Sept. 19 because “she could not take it anymore and she had gone too far,” the friend told police.

Larkin told her friend she had been up all night because a roommate was fighting with her boyfriend and Larkin was tired. After the boy refused to wash his face and brush his teeth, she became upset and punched him in the face and body, according to police.

A police report said the 46-year-old friend picked up Larkin and her son but dropped off Larkin at another location. When the friend was alone with the child, she asked him to remove his sunglasses and discovered his left eye swollen shut.

Police said the friend told Larkin she was taking the child to the hospital and asked Larkin to accompany them, but she responded that the child was fine and should be brought back to her.

He was taken to University Hospital, where a deputy saw him with a swollen eye and bruises on his back.

Larkin was booked into the Richmond County jail Wednesday on charges of cruelty to children.

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GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 09/26/13 - 02:16 pm
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Mother of the year?

Pathetic...should never have a child under her care again and should be court ordered to not have any more.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 09/26/13 - 02:51 pm
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THUG

Unpublished

So she chooses to stay up all night and because she's tired she takes it out on a five year old. Thank God the friend had the sense and decency to take the poor little guy to the hospital. Children services should take him from her forever but then I bet she'd lose her source of income.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/26/13 - 03:06 pm
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Spanking

Spanking on the buttocks is okay. But punching in the face, no way!

just an opinion
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just an opinion 09/26/13 - 03:36 pm
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It's just a different world ...

that most of you readers have never seen in person or up close. These little ones then become the next generation of violent individuals that end up in the streets. And then it just continues to go on and on and on.

belle
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belle 09/26/13 - 03:50 pm
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Don't miss the important point

Unpublished

She had a friend who was good enough to come get her, good enough to stand up to her for the sake of the child. We could all use friends like that.

Summerjade
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Summerjade 09/26/13 - 03:51 pm
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Poor baby. Only 5 and she

Poor baby. Only 5 and she blackens his eye and leaves bruises on his back. Why couldn't this 'mother' just washed his face and helped him brush his teeth? I think she went a lot to far.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 09/26/13 - 03:55 pm
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No, Just, We are Seeing It RIGHT Now !!

It is a "culture" that has been brewing for awhile now. Single Motherhood used to be the "dark secret" of a family. Now, in some circles, it is accepted almost as the norm. Daughters are popping out babies left and right. They have figured out how to 'work the system'. As Boortz said this morning, it is a fact that fewer criminals come from two parent homes, than single mother homes. @Just an opinion - no, we are seeing that world right now.

Graymare
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Graymare 09/26/13 - 04:04 pm
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How about being a loving

How about being a loving mother and helping him wash his face and brush his teeth? Poor baby.

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 09/26/13 - 05:10 pm
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LETS GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO THE FRIEND

This child is lucky that atleast one of his mothers friends is caring and did the right thing by the child. You do not find to many people willing to step up and dothe right thing.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 09/26/13 - 05:44 pm
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"We've got fewer and fewer

"We've got fewer and fewer real "mothers" and more and more welfare breeders."

Consider this source. Everything is reduced to discourse of an uncivil nature for some.

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 09/26/13 - 06:24 pm
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Seriously, who hits a 5 yr old in the face?

Seriously, who hits a 5 yr old in the face? I'm 55 and have a 5 yr old that has been in our home since his father was murdered and his mother couldn't get through the thought process of giving up anything else and realize she's given birth to 4 kids now that she doesn't take care of. We recently were able to adopt this son who has been our world since Day ONE.. Yes, he's had spankings and time outs and privileges taken and he's pitched fits about picking up his toys and brushing his face and showers and homework, but he has never, ever been punched or kicked. We love him and try to teach him right from wrong in a more civil way. I fear what would've happened to him if he hadn't come into our home. If you don't want your child.....why aren't you on birth control. If you can't care for your child and no this while you are expecting; very strongly consider giving the child up for adoption. Don't waste a childs life because you waste your own. In so many instances, parents are only vessels or donors and cannot really in any way consider themselves anything except that. The lady did the right thing in taking the child to the hospital. Never feel guilty...EVER about protecting a child. It's your God given right...take care of it. I do not hesitate to turn abusive parents in.....and I've done it for over 35 yrs and will continue to do it until the day I draw my last breath....if I'm able.

Consider this: These children are not able to fend for themselves or protect themselves. We have to be involved in it when we see it or if we suspect it.....ck it out yourself or have the courts or police dept or sheriff's office go a well child ck. Don't hesitate....please...Everyone has become afraid of retaliation. I've managed the good fight for 5 years for this young man in my home and would have stopped at NOTHING to keep him safe. I've never seen a child I couldn't love.

If you judge others for not being there for their kids.....then you take a good look at yourself....and if you can't take a child in.....at least tell someone. Try! You won't be sorry if you have the privilege of saving a child.

You certainly don't have to agree with me....because you opinion doesn't matter. I'm too busy to judge really. I've got kids out here who need help.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/26/13 - 06:38 pm
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"Consider this source.

"Consider this source. Everything is reduced to discourse of an uncivil nature for some."

In our PC world anything that points out unfavorable facts is considered uncivil.

KSL
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KSL 09/26/13 - 07:04 pm
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Truth seems not to matter

Truth seems not to matter much to some.

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Dixieman 09/26/13 - 07:45 pm
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You do not punch five year olds

or kids of any age (unless they are teenagers and punch you first and are trying to do you serious bodily harm, and then only in self-defense). All this kid is learning is that punching is an appropriate response. Tragic. Sometimes I think you ought to have to pass a test and get a license to be a parent. This is sickening.

mybaskett
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mybaskett 09/26/13 - 08:42 pm
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Bad behavior but....

I am glad that she called someone to come and get the child. This could have had a different ending. Hopefully she can get some help.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 09/26/13 - 10:53 pm
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For a five-year old to refuse

For a five-year old to refuse a parental command points to behavior that has been learned.

Respect and obedience cannot be taught to a five-year old suddenly with a punch in the face, if it has not been taught all along.

griff6035
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griff6035 09/27/13 - 12:01 am
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Child beating

This is the trend, have a baby, receive monies, food stamps, WIC, get free housing but be sure and vote for a Democrat, to ensure you will continue to receive the benefits you deserve. And then when you get mad because you can't stand it any more beat the child. ARRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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countyman 09/27/13 - 07:47 am
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Quality

Why is this even considered news? Just to attract the same type of stereotypical comments we already hear daily?

All of the positive things happening in Richmond County, and the residents have to read this.

I still haven't see one feature story on all of the new restaurants, favorite nightlife scenes, thriving arts districts, growing neighborhoods, etc...

chascushman
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chascushman 09/27/13 - 09:00 am
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"Consider this source.

Unpublished

"Consider this source. Everything is reduced to discourse of an uncivil nature for some."
TM, why is it 'discourse of an uncivil nature' to state the truth. This is the results of all most 50 yrs. of the Great Society and programs sponsored by liberals, democrats and black leaders. They have destroyed the majority of black families and many white families. LBJ seemed to have gotten it correct when he said 'I'll have blacks voting democrat for the next 200 yrs' only the racist LBJ did not say blacks. Blacks believe LBJ was looking out for them when in fact he was buying their votes for a few handouts. Now these same folks are trying to buy the Hispanic vote.

chascushman
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chascushman 09/27/13 - 09:05 am
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" Why is this even considered

Unpublished

" Why is this even considered news? Just to attract the same type of stereotypical comments we already hear daily?'
countyman, this type of thing is becoming common place in Augusta. I know many would like to hide it but that will not solve the problem.

Spencer
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Spencer 09/27/13 - 10:17 am
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Thank goodness her friend did

Thank goodness her friend did the right thing by taking the child to the hospital and reporting the actions of Ms. Larkin.

Darby
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Darby 09/27/13 - 11:10 am
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"Everything is reduced to discourse of an uncivil nature for som

TM - You seem to be suggesting that you have a real and workable solution to what this mother did.

Why not share it with the rest of us?

In the meantime, that cute little five year old is on the fast track to becoming a thug.

Iced tea and Skittles, anyone?

Darby
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Darby 09/27/13 - 11:14 am
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Maybe, just maybe, the action taken by Larkin's friend

may be the catalyst to save that kid's life and future.

It's good to know that someone cares enough to do the right thing.

Echoes86
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Echoes86 09/27/13 - 12:34 pm
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Bad parents are everywhere

This is sickening, and I feel for the child. I'm glad the friend decided to do something about it. That said, bad parents can come from any economic status, any race, any religion, two parent homes, single parent homes, etc. I've seen bad parents from each circle, so some of the comments talking about economic status being the cause of this are pretty astounding in a bad way.

djkillaran
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djkillaran 09/27/13 - 12:44 pm
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sad....sad....sad

I hope someone will punch her in the face while she is locked up. I feel for that little boy.

countyman
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countyman 09/27/13 - 01:10 pm
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Facts

Chascushman... What facts can you present to claim this type of thing is becoming common place?

Especially since we have to repeatedly hear you tell us how bad everything in Augusta is. I'm guessing you don't spend much time here since you make the sarcastic remarks daily.

How can somebody who doesn't spend much time in a place know what's common or not?

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 09/27/13 - 01:42 pm
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Ok Sean...how off topic has this conversation become?

How long will you let certain users hijack articles to promote their agenda????

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 09/27/13 - 03:47 pm
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@GnipGnop 1:42pm

If I allow people to post under stories like this that Augusta is a slum, ghetto, etc., I also have to let people post in Augusta's defense. Contrary to what most people on here believe, I try to give as much leeway as possible for personal opinion, as long as they are not insulting other commenters.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 09/27/13 - 04:25 pm
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That is not what he was doing

He questioned why this story was reported...it is off topic as are a lot of his posts. You asked me in a email yesterday to give you examples then refuse to enforce your posting rules.....tell me how this comment had anything to do with any comment made before it....
Quality
Why is this even considered news? Just to attract the same type of stereotypical comments we already hear daily?

All of the positive things happening in Richmond County, and the residents have to read this.

I still haven't see one feature story on all of the new restaurants, favorite nightlife scenes, thriving arts districts, growing neighborhoods, etc...

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GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 09/27/13 - 04:32 pm
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Sorry Sean

I didn't get your email until after I posted @4:25

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