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Superior woman sentenced to prison for abuse

A Superior woman will spend a year in prison for physically abusing a child and a vulnerable adult.

Tammi-Jo Abena Asamoah-Asano, 42, pleaded no contest Oct. 6 in Douglas County Circuit Court to two counts of physical abuse of a child and one count of intentionally subjecting an individual at risk to abuse.

She was sentenced Dec. 20 to a year in prison and three years of extended supervision for the child abuse charges. Asamoah-Asano will also serve a three more years on probation for subjecting an individual at-risk to abuse. A consecutive 18-month prison sentence, followed by 18 months of extended supervision, was imposed and stayed.

Two counts of disorderly conduct and an additional charge of physical abuse of a child were dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint:

Asamoah-Asano struck a 12-year-old female 15 times with a stick and about 20 times on each hand with a belt. She also struck a 19-year-old vulnerable male about 15 times with a stick.

Superior police responded to the 1900 block of Winter Street on Sept. 29, 2016, to a report of a young female being hit with a stick. Officers who responded met a witness who also observed the girl get hit with what he thought was a hockey stick.

The officers observed large welts, bruises and abrasions all over the girl's arms and a large bruise and abrasion on her right elbow and upper right cheek. The male had welts all over his arms and hands.

When questioned by officers, Asamoah-Asano admitted she "beat the brakes out of them" with a large stick because the male was being disrespectful, the female had been suspended from school three times and because they had called her vulgar names.