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Charges Against Assemblywoman for Beating 13-Year-Old Son Reduced: Lawyer

By Ben Fractenberg | January 11, 2017 2:03pm
 Assemblywoman Diana Richardson speaks with supporters after winning a special election for the 43rd Assembly District in May of 2015.
Assemblywoman Diana Richardson speaks with supporters after winning a special election for the 43rd Assembly District in May of 2015.
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BROOKLYN — A felony assault charge was downgraded against a Brooklyn assemblywoman accused of assaulting her 13-year-old son with a broomstick, according to court records and her lawyer.

Prosecutors reduced the top charge to a misdemeanor during a Tuesday court appearance for Crown Heights Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, her lawyer, Joyce David, said Wednesday. Richardson is still facing charges for misdemeanor assault, criminal possession of a weapon and acting in a manner injurious to a child.

The assemblywoman was arrested in November after her son walked into the 71st Precinct with an abrasion on his arm and told officers that his mother hit him with a broomstick following an argument about his grades.

A judge ordered a full order of protections for her son, which was modified by family court to allow for unsupervised visitation and contact, David told DNAinfo New York.

The boy suffered a bruise after the incident and has no permanent injuries, a law enforcement source said.

Richardson represents Crown Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and part of East Flatbush. She was elected in 2015 during a special election to replace Karim Camara.

The assemblywoman is due back in court Feb. 3.