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Mom on Trial in Abuse Case

Wife of Eddy Curry, Korie M KelloggA Will County judge will decide whether a Mokena mom crossed the line when she beat her son with a belt last spring after he got in trouble at school.

Physical punishment by parents isn’t illegal, prosecutors said, but the beating Korie M. Kellogg, 30, gave the 10-year-old son she had with former Chicago Bull Eddy Curry was abusive.

Kellogg’s attorney, Jeff Tomczak, argued it was simply a parent disciplining her child.

A bench trial on Kellogg’s aggravated battery charge began Thursday.

Kellogg was arrested after she brought the boy to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox on April 4, the day after the beating, to treat swelling of bruises on his back, leg and face.

A hospital staff member called Mokena police after they saw the boy’s injuries.

After the state rested its case Thursday afternoon, Judge Daniel Rozak said he would consider Tomczak’s motion for a verdict of not guilty and issue his decision on Jan. 18.

Tomczak said Kellogg’s physical punishment wasn’t given in anger or to be malicious.

“She tells him why, she inflicts her punishment, and she tells him she loves him,” Tomczak said, pointing out the boy testified his mother had never hit him in anger.

“The state is not arguing that it’s unreasonable for parents to put their hands on their children ever,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Capelli. “The state believes (punishment) is up to each individual parent. This does rise to the level of unreasonable.”

Under questioning by Tomczak, the boy said he was not afraid of his mom, and that he knows she loves him.

“You knew why your mom gave you that whuppin’, didn’t you?” Tomczak asked the boy.

“Yes,” he said.

“And you knew your mom did that because she cared about you?” Tomczak asked.

“Yes,” he said.

Mokena police Detective Jeff Kowalczyk testified that Kellogg told him she had her son remove his clothing before she hit him with the belt 10 to 15 times as a punishment for behavior problems at school.

She was whipping his back and buttocks, but the boy was hit in the face as well because he was “flailing around.”

She told the detective that, after she hit him, she laid down with him and told him she loved him, Kowalczyk said.

Eddy Curry’s son going back to mom who hit him with belt

Wife of Eddy Curry, Korie M KelloggThe son of former Chicago Bull Eddy Curry gets to go home to his mother, a Will County judge ruled Thursday.

A grand jury indicted 30-year-old Korie M. Kellogg of Mokena this month on one count of aggravated battery after prosecutors said she beat the 10-year-old son she had with Curry with a belt.

But Kellogg’s attorney, Jeff Tomczak, told Judge Daniel Rozak this is a “straight, right-down-the-middle parental discipline case.” He said Kellogg disciplined her son because he had behavior problems at school.

Assistant State’s Attorney Jim Long said the boy was hit on his back, leg and face. Kellogg was arrested April 4 after police were called to Silver Cross Hospital, where Kellogg brought the child for treatment of bruises and swelling.

“You could see the marks,” Mokena Police Cmdr. Dan Rankovich said.

Judge Richard Schoenstedt said Kellogg could see her son earlier this month, but Kellogg told Rozak Thursday “every time I have contact with my son my sister has to be present.”

Tomczak gave the judge an evaluation from a Department of Children and Family Services therapist. He said DCFS found no risk in letting the boy return home to his mother.

He said his client is a successful real estate broker who doesn’t drink and went to her son’s school to observe his behavior. He also said any hit with the belt to the boy’s face was accidental.

“We have the government getting between a parent and a child,” Tomczak said.

Rozak said the boy may return home with Kellogg. Mother and son already are participating in weekly counseling sessions, and the judge asked for weekly written reports from the counselor.

Kellogg and Curry began dating while sophomores at Thornwood High School in South Holland. They married young and he divorced her in 2001 when the Bulls drafted him out of high school. Curry now plays for the Miami Heat.

Ex-wife of Former Bull Eddy Curry Charged with Battering Child

The ex-wife of former Chicago Bull Eddy Curry has been charged with aggravated battery of a child.

Korie Kellogg, 30, of Mokena was charged with beating a child younger than 13 with a belt, authorities said.

On Wednesday, Will County Judge Richard Schoenstedt granted her request to see her 10-year-old son with Curry based on recommendations of the Department of Illinois Children and Family Services, according to her attorney, Jeff Tomczak.

He said Kellogg hasn’t been indicted by a grand jury in the case. If she is indicted, he said he’ll fight the charges “vehemently.”

Mokena Police Cmdr. Dan Rankovich said Kellogg was arrested on April 4, after police were called to Silver Cross Hospital, where Kellogg had brought a child for treatment of bruises and swelling. Rankovich said she had beaten the boy with a belt in her home.

“You could see the marks,” he said.

Kellogg and Curry began dating while sophomores at Thornwood High School in South Holland and married young. He served her with divorce papers in 2001 after he was drafted out of high school by the Bulls with the No. 4 pick in the NBA Draft and while he and Kellogg were teenagers.

After four seasons with the Bulls, he played five seasons with the New York Knicks. He’s now a member of the Miami Heat.

Former wife of Eddy Curry in court on aggravated battery charge to son

Bail was modified today to allow the ex-wife of former Chicago Bull Eddy Curry to have supervised contact with their son, who she allegedly beat on April 4, according to officials.

Will County Judge Richard Schoenstedt agreed to allow Korie M. Kellogg, 30, of Mokena to have the contact, in response to an emergency motion from her attorney, Jeff Tomczak.

Mokena Police arrested Kellogg of the 11200 block of Pin Oak Circle on April 4 after observing welts and bruises on the child’s face and body that were caused by a belt, said Cmdr. Dan Rankovich.

He said authorities at the boy’s school told Kellogg to take her son to a local hospital for an examination, and reported the boy’s condition to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The police investigator observed the youth’s condition at the hospital, Rankovich said.

Kellogg is scheduled to be arraigned April 25 on a charge of aggravated battery to a pre-teen, and is free on $25,000 bail.

Tomczak termed the incident “strictly a case of proper parental discipline” and said he is asking Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow to review and reconsider the Class 3 felony charge, which carries a 2- to 5-year sentence if convicted.

Tomczak served as Will County state’s attorney for four years.