Couple arrested after beating 7-year-old over homework

Randy Smith and Misty Taylor 
By: John Roberts 

A couple was jailed for severely beating a 7-year-old-girl because of her homework, according to reports in a local newspaper.

A Phoenix, Arizona couple is under arrest, and the child was taken away from them, as they are accused of badly injuring the woman’s 7-year-old daughter.

According to court documents Randy Smith and his girlfriend Misty Taylor became angry when they learned that the girl had homework, but she did not tell them.

Detectives said Smith beat the child with a belt, punched her and held her against the wall by the throat. Taylor and Smith allegedly took turns beating her with a rope. Two days later, the girl's school learned of the injuries and called police. Investigators say she had bruises on her legs and back.

"The victim was beaten so widely that there was separation of the skin in several places with bruises wrapped around the legs of the victim along with numerous open wounds," according to court documents.

They also found old scars of cigarette burns when she was younger.Officers arrested the couple on Tuesday on charges of felony child abuse. Smith also has outstanding warrants in California for assault.