Woman arrested for abusing 6-year-old son

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A woman is accused of beating her son and then telling the child to cover it up.

The 6-year-old child told police that his mother, 30-year-old Nora Nakumura Cruz, grabbed him by the ears and pulled him into the house on Jan. 28.

Inside the home, court documents state, Cruz hit the child repeatedly with a stick even after it broke. The child was then choked to the point of losing his breath.

The child was bleeding from his nose and had multiple bruisings throughout his body, said police.

The day after the assault, Cruz is accused of making the child miss school. Court documents stated, “She asked him, ‘Do you want me to go to jail if you go to school?’”

When the child returned to school two days after the incident, he told police that he was made to use a long-sleeved shirt to cover the bruises and instructed not to let anyone see them.

Cruz was charged with family violence as a third-degree felony; interfering with the reporting of family violence as a third-degree felony; family violence as a misdemeanor and child abuse as a misdemeanor.

She was booked and confined.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.