Waukesha – A special education aide at a Waukesha elementary school was charged Wednesday with abusing a child, allegedly by whipping a boy with a cord, choking him and punching him, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.
Sharon Walker, 40, was charged with felony counts of physical abuse of a child and child abandonment.
According to the criminal complaint, a 14-year-old boy told police on Nov. 10, 2011, that Walker, his guardian, had "whipped him with cords, choked him, punched him, thrown him down the stairs, hit him with poles," the complaint said. The boy also alleged that Walker threatened "to stab him and the rest of his family with a knife," the complaint.
The boy said the last time he was hit by a cord was when he was about 12 or 13 years old. The boy told police that on Oct. 23, 2011, he was outside Walker’s residence and tried to hit him but missed and then tried to hit him again, scratching his nose and causing it to bleed, the complaint said. The boy grabbed Walker’s wrists, and Walker then allegedly bit his arm, the complaint said.
A physical exam conducted at the C.A.R.E. Center showed a scar to the side of the boy’s nose as well as several "linear and curvilinear scars" on his body, the complaint said. The scars are consistent with getting hit by a belt or a cord, the complaint said.
The boy said that early Oct. 25, Walker took him to his biological mother's residence in Chicago but his mother did not answer the door. Walker then took the boy to a police station across the street from the mother’s residence, the complaint said.
Police told Walker she could not leave the boy there, as she is his legal guardian, the complaint said. Walker and the boy returned to his mother’s residence, and this time she did answer the door. Although the woman said the boy could not stay with her, Walker left him there and drove off, the complaint said.
The mother threw the boy out of the house, and the boy went back to the police station. Chicago police verified the boy’s story. The boy eventually stayed at an aunt’s house in Chicago until he returned to Walker’s residence on Oct 30. Chicago police created a report about child endangerment, the complaint said.
Walker is scheduled to make her initial appearance in court this afternoon.
At the time of the alleged incidents, Walker was employed as a special education aide at Banting Elementary School. A reporter’s call to the Waukesha School District regarding whether Walker is still employed by the district was not returned at the time of this posting.