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.