Man Charged with Injury to a Child is Sentenced to Probation

 A Wichita Falls man charged with two counts of injury to a child is sentenced to probation. Michael George Corey pleaded guilty in 30th District Court this morning.

Visiting Judge Roger Towery sentenced him to 10 years community supervision with 184 days credited for jail time.
Corey was arrested last September with three counts of injury to a child involving siblings ages 8, 10 and 11.

According to the children's account, they were made to bend over to take "licks" for discipline and said while Corey beat them with a paddle, Tammy Lynn Vaughn, a foster parent, would keep count.

Vaughn was also charged with child abuse because authorities say she had a duty as a foster parent to stop and to report child abuse. The children said they couldn't keep track of how many times they were hit but that Corey told them they had 90 licks coming for not completing the sentences they were supposed to write.

After giving one girl her punishment the boy said Corey asked him if he could take 50 like the girl did. The kids said if they moved or fell, the count had to start over. Exams at the hospital revealed severe bruising and swelling over many parts of the children's bodies.

Police say Vaughn said Corey called her to come witness discipline of two of the children and during the beating of the boy she said she covered her eyes and plugged her ears so she would see or hear it.

The first case was reported by Lamar school staff involving an 8-year-old boy which police say led to two other young victims at a trailer home.

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