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Cops: 11-year-old boy fled from abusive family

NORCROSS -- A Norcross mother, father and uncle were arrested over the weekend after the 11-year-old they allegedly beat attempted to run away.

Shakeitha Lashaun Marshall, Tyrone Bernard Fedd and Mario Dewayne Orange were all arrested Saturday and charged with felony cruelty to children and battery. Gwinnett County jail records show they were all released the following day on $8,650 bond apiece.

According to a Gwinnett County police report, an officer patrolling the area near the Concepts 21 Drive apartment where all three lived was flagged down Sunday afternoon. Marshall reportedly told police that she and Fedd's 11-year-old son had run away "because he did not want to be punished for getting bad grades at school."

The officer searched the immediate area, and, when he returned, found the parents yelling at their son through a fence.

"When officers made contact with (the boy), we noticed he had numerous visible bruises, scrapes and welts on his chest, arms, back and legs," the incident report said. "When asked how he got all of the injuries (the boy) said Marshall and his uncle Mario Orange had beat him yesterday and then Marshall and Fedd had started beating him again today."

The alleged victim, one of four children reportedly living at the home, said he was beaten with hands, a belt and a broomstick.

"(He) said he was finally able to run away from them and begged me not to take him back home," the responding officer wrote in his report.

All four children in the home -- the 11-year-old boy and siblings born in 2008, 2009 and 2012 -- were taken into the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services.

It was unclear Monday if there were signs of alleged abuse in any of the other children. Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said that if one child is deprived from a home, all are.