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Mom going to trial for whipping son for homosexual act

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Erica Moore enters the courtroom for a pre-trial hearing. Moore has been accused of beating her son after finding him engaged in a homosexual act with a relative. (credit: CBSDFW.COM) Erica Moore enters the courtroom for a pre-trial hearing. Moore has been accused of beating her son after finding him engaged in a homosexual act with a relative. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas mother is in court today for a pre-trial hearing on a family assault case. Erica Moore is the woman who admitted beating her son with an electrical cord for engaging in a homosexual act.

Maximum punishment for the Class-A misdemeanor Assault Bodily Injury charge is one year in jail. At the hearing Tuesday, Hill told CBS 11 News she rejected a plea deal that would have included one year's probation, a $1,000 fine and mandatory anger management and parenting classes.

Hill says she's willing to go to trial because she didn't do anything wrong. The Forest Hill woman stands by her opinion that she disciplined her son as any parent has right to.

According to Moore, one evening she found the door to her 15-year-old son's bedroom closed. "My cousin at the time he was 18. My son he was 15 and I had walked in the room on [my cousin] giving oral sex to my son and I started whipping my son, and I'm the one who got in trouble as a result of me whipping him," she said, back in March.

Moore has openly admitted striking her son with the electrical cord. She said she used the form of discipline that she was brought up with as punishment, because she doesn't believe in homosexuality. "When I walked in I saw my son, it was just disgusting to me," she said. "I actually caught this going on in my house so how was I supposed to react to it? I supposed to just let it go? No! We was taught to discipline our kids and we whip our kids."

After being disciplined the boy's grandmother took him to the hospital for treatment and police were alerted. Officials with the Forest Hill Police Department said Moore went too far with her discipline, causing bleeding and leaving marks on the boy's thighs, forearms, hands, torso and back.

Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference accompanied Moore to court Tuesday, saying they support her "for exercising her constitutionally protected religious rights and her moral obligation to train up her children in a Godly manner."

Moore's teenage son continues to live with her.

No trial date was set in the case.

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