Daily Mail reports:
A state assemblywoman from Brooklyn has been arrested and charged after her injured 12-year-old son accused her of hitting him with a broomstick.
Diana Richardson has been charges of assault, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing after she admitted beating her son sources said.
Her son, who is not being named, had walked into the NYPD’s 71st Precinct on Friday night where he showed officers a contusion on his arm.
He claimed that his mother had beaten him with a broomstick after they got in an argument over his report card.
Richardson, who counts her son as her ‘greatest accomplishment’, admits hitting her son after they disagreed about how he should complete an essay on how to improve his grades, sources said.
During the heated argument between the two of them, her son pushed her, she claims.
She responded by hitting him with the broom. The boy was taken to Kings County Hospital for treatment.
His 33-year-old mother was arrested at her Crown Heights home at about 1 a.m. on Saturday. She was released without bail and is due back in court on January 10 next year.
Richardson has previously hinted at her difficult relationship with her son on Facebook.
‘I am so grateful for this young man…my right hand…my everything,’ she said, adding, ‘He is a pain in my side but I love him anyway!’ she wrote in January 2015.
Richardson is almost at the end of her first term as an assemblywoman in Brooklyn’s 43rd District.
She is running unopposed for a second term on Tuesday.
Colleagues were shocked to hear the news, describing her as a ‘wonderful parent’.