TX Couple Arrested For Child Abuse

Pair charged with multiple counts of
Child Abuse

Wichita Falls, TX  –  A man and woman are charged with injury to a child after the man allegedly used a wooden paddle with zip ties and tape around it on the children.

Michael George Corey, who has been in Wichita County Jail since Sept. 29 on one count of injury to a child, had two additional counts of the same charge filed.  The 31-year-old’s total bail is now $115,000.

Tammy Lynn Vaughn, 40, was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of injury to a child.  She was out of Wichita County Jail Saturday afternoon on $15,000 total bail.

According to court documents:

On Sept. 29, Wichita Falls police met with officials at Lamar Elementary School after an 8-year-old child showed up to school with bruising to his ear.  The boy was taken to the hospital for treatment because his injured ear was bleeding.

During the investigation, detectives discovered two more victims. The two girls were taken to Patsy’s House Child Advocacy Center to be forensically interviewed.

The first girl, 10, said Corey would have her bend over and touch some bricks outside in the front yard of a residence.  If she moved or fell to the ground, the girl said she had to the count of three to get back up or Corey would start over the number of times he was going to hit her.

The girl added that sometimes Corey didn’t give her a chance to stand up and would instead continue hitting whatever part of her body he could reach while she was on the ground.

The second girl, 11, describe a wooden paddle with the words “Act Right” written on it that was used to hit the children.  She said she had to bend over and hold on to the couch while getting hit.  The girl said Vaughn would sit on the couch next to her and keep count of the number of hits the girl received.

The 11-year-old was unsure how many times she was hit but said Corey told her and the boy they had 90 more hits coming for not completing sentences they were supposed to write.

Detectives executed a search warrant on a residence in the 1100 block of Hawthorne and located a wooden paddle with black zip ties and tape wrapped around it and “Act Right” written in black lettering.

Vaughn admitted to detectives that Corey had asked her to witness him discipline the children.  She described similar incidents as the children but denied knowing how many times they were hit.

She also told police she was a foster parent for the Department of Family and Protective Services, and that she had a child placed in her home at the time of the incident.  She was unable to provide a “reasonable explanation” as to why she failed to report the abuse to Child Protective Services or law enforcement.