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POLICE: Two Louisville women charged with child abuse after one beats children at mother's instruction

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police have arrested two women officials say played a part in abusing two children.

Sharra Blakemore, 41, and Jaqueline Lewis, 51, were arrested Thursday after police say Lewis hit Blakemore's children at Blakemore's instruction, according to the official report. Police say Lewis is a friend of Blakemore's.

On Thursday, investigators say Blakemore drove the two children to Lewis' home in the 4000 block of Plane Tree Drive, near Rangeland Road and Poplar Level Road. Officials say Blakemore then instructed Lewis to hit the children, ages 10 and 12, multiple times using a belt. According to police records, the 12-year-old child has cerebral palsy. Authorities say Lewis followed Blakemore's instructions and hit the children.

The official police report says both children "sustained multiple bruises from their hips to their knees."

Officials say a teacher at the children's day camp noticed the injuries and contacted authorities with Child Protective Services, who in turn contacted LMPD.

Authorities say Blakemore admitted she drove the children over to Lewis' home, gave Lewis a belt and told Lewis to hit her two children. Police say Lewis admitted she hit the children, after being instructed to do so by Blakemore.

Both women have been charged with child abuse.

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