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8-year-old testifies against own mother in child abuse case

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The 8-year-old girl will remain anonymous because she is a young victim in the case, and with beanie baby in hand, she took the stand. The 8-year-old girl will remain anonymous because she is a young victim in the case, and with beanie baby in hand, she took the stand.
The girl's mother, Jennifer Banks, and her mother's boyfriend, Kenon Pack, are accused of abusing her for months in 2010. The girl's mother, Jennifer Banks, and her mother's boyfriend, Kenon Pack, are accused of abusing her for months in 2010.
Prosecutors say the couple made the girl lean over a bench, while they repeatedly smacked her backside with two homemade weapons, a ruler and handle wrapped in tape, as well as a belt, two pieces of wood, and tape turned into a makeshift whip. Prosecutors say the couple made the girl lean over a bench, while they repeatedly smacked her backside with two homemade weapons, a ruler and handle wrapped in tape, as well as a belt, two pieces of wood, and tape turned into a makeshift whip.
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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A young girl took the witness stand Wednesday to testify against her own mother in a child abuse case.

Prosecutors say the little girl was beaten for anything and everything, especially as she was potty training. If she had an accident, they say, she had to hold crates of books. A second accident resulted in a severe "whoopin'" the girl told the jury during a difficult day in court.

The 8-year-old girl will remain anonymous because she is a young victim in the case, and with beanie baby in hand, she took the stand.

The girl's mother, Jennifer Banks, and her mother's boyfriend, Kenon Pack, are accused of abusing her for months in 2010.

Prosecutor: When you moved in with Kenon, did anything bad start to happen?

Victim: Yessir.

Prosecutor: What started to happen?

Victim: The next day he started whoopin' me."

Prosecutor: How old were you?

Victim: Five.

Prosecutor: Did you have your clothes on when you got a whoopin'?

Victim: No sir.

Prosecutor: How often would you get these whoopin's?

Victim: Almost every day.

Prosecutors say the couple made the girl lean over a bench, while they repeatedly smacked her backside with two homemade weapons, a ruler and handle wrapped in tape, as well as a belt, two pieces of wood, and tape turned into a makeshift whip.

Investigators found the girl at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in critical condition with old, new, and infected bruises on her backside that eventually required skin grafts.

"At some point at the hospital she was upgraded or downgraded to critical, which is not good and that was due to internal bleeding," said Lt. Carl Ray, Memphis Police Department.

Defense attorneys do not argue the girl was abused, but their question is, who did it?

Pack blames Banks. Banks blames Pack. Both Jennifer Banks and Kenon Pack face 15 to 25 years in prison if convicted as charged.

The trial will resume Thursday morning.

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