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Mother accused of having son beat brother to 'beat gay away'

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WNEM
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August 28, 2013

WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) - A mother has been accused of having her 12-year-old son beat his brother in order to "beat the gay away," and she faces a misdemeanor child abuse charge as a result. 

Police were called to an incident on West Walter Street Saturday, and officers say when they arrived, there were several people yelling and screaming, according to a Whiteville police report.

According to the report, a 15-year-old said his mother, Mary Gowans, had his 12-year-old brother strike him repeatedly, and he was not allowed to fight back.

She then reportedly made the teen strip down to his underwear, and proceeded to hit him with a belt across his body.

Police say there was a large abrasion on the 15-year-old's back.