North Logan woman sentenced to jail for child abuse

Cindy Bullock, 33, is being charged with child abuse, a second-degree felony and retaliation against a witness, a third-degree felony.

LOGAN — A 33-year-old North Logan women has been sentenced to 60-days in jail for child abuse.

Court records show Cindy Bullock appeared in 1st District Court Monday after previously pleading guilty to child abuse and retaliation against a witness, both class A misdemeanors.

Bullock, Merrit Smith, 31, Quinton James Smith, 31, and Bonnie Third, 54, were all originally accused of spanking a seven-year-old child in a type of ritual called the “whipping tunnel.” In this type of punishment, the child was forced to crawl underneath the adults as they stood above him and spanked him with their hand or an object.

In May when the charges were filed, Cache County Attorney James Swink said the child reportedly had multiple layers of bruising on his body when he was taken into state custody by Child and Family Services.

On September 15, Merritt Smith was sentenced to 45-days in jail after earlier pleading guilty to the same misdemeanor charges.

A day latter, charges against Quinton Smith were dismissed with prejudice.

Third is scheduled to appear again in court October 10 for a preliminary hearing. At that time a judge will determine if there is sufficient evidence for her to stand trial.

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