Woman arrested after injuries to boy are reported to police


A Pine Bluff woman was arrested Friday after teachers contacted police about a student who reportedly came to school with a swollen nose and red marks and scratches on his neck and chest.

The boy told police that the woman, Amanda Knight, had hit him in the face, and had also tied his hands and feet, Detective Mike Sweeney said in a probable-cause affidavit.

A teacher at the school told Sweeney that Knight had come to the school in November 2012 and beat the boy on the hand and arms with a ruler, the affidavit said. That incident allegedly occurred in the boy’s classroom in front of other students.

Sweeney said in the affidavit that the teacher had reported the incident to the state Department of Human Services and said teachers had seen several other injuries to the boy that were also reported to DHS.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 bond for Knight on Monday after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with second-degree domestic battery and with endangering the welfare of a minor.

Kearney also ordered Knight to have no contact with the alleged victim until the case is settled and told her to come back to court June 17.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Knight.