Sheriff Clarke calls child abuse case "sadistic" & "torture"

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is speaking out on a disturbing local case involving a woman who was caught on camera deliberately shoving a cotton swab into her toddler's ear far enough to rupture her son's eardrum.  \"This is a sadistic act as far as I'm concerned.  You don't even see this kind of stuff in the animal kingdom,\" Clarke said Tuesday.  

Sheriff's investigators say when confronted with video from a hospital  room camera that showed 26-year-old Jenna Schumacher forcing a Q-tip and then her finger into the child's ear, Schumacher confessed saying she did it to get back at the baby's father for ending their relationship.  The Sheriff said, \"I don't want to hear, I don't have time to hear about the pressure the mother may have been under or the mental health condition. I don't want to hear that nonsense okay?\"  

The Sheriff's office is recommending a charge of felony physical abuse of a child.  \"This goes beyond child abuse, this is torture.  And I hope that the criminal justice system sees it the same way and reacts according,\" Clarke said.  If  convicted, Schumacher could face up to six years in prison.  The 14-month-old boy has been treated and released and is now staying with his grandparents.  

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