CROWN POINT, Ind. (STMW) — The foster parents of a 7-year-old boy have been charged in Lake Superior Court with battery resulting in bodily injury for allegedly whipping him with a belt for scuffing his shoes.

Lorna C. Bankston, and Timothy K. Bankston, both 47, of 2774 W. 47th Ave. in Calumet Township were charged after the boy complained of pain to his arm to a school nurse at Hosford Park Elementary School on Jan. 29.

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Authorities saw fresh “whip marks” on the boy’s arms and back.

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Two other children were removed from the home.

The charge is punishable by a maximum three-year sentence.

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