CONCORD, NH (WCVB) – A New Hampshire woman is accused of abusing two young siblings who were beaten with a broomstick until the stick broke, police said.
Joyce Chance, 32, of Concord, was arrested Monday on five felony charges of child abuse.
An investigation began on March 24, when Broken Ground Elementary School officials contacted officials about concerns over the physical, mental and emotional abuse of two siblings under the age of 13.
Concord police detectives and DCYF began an investigation. Officials allege the children were being physically abused and were exposed to a hazardous living environment.
Police said the children were beaten with a broomstick until the stick broke.
The children have been removed from Chance’s care.
New Hampshire Public Radio reported:
Chance, who was born in Congo, boarded a plane with her two kids, and came to the United States.
A refugee resettlement agency in Concord, New Hampshire picked them up at the airport, and moved them into a one-room apartment.
The refugee’s court-appointed lawyer, Robin Davis said:
“Chance would later tell me through a translator, ‘Nobody [told] me it’s not okay to punish your children that way.'”