A nine-year-old Elkhart boy is in protective custody after his mother allegedly beat him in front of his class.
Police say the mother was called to Hawthorne Elementary for a disciplinary problem.
When she arrived, police say she slapped the boy and pounded his head repeatedly into a brick wall.
She then took him inside his classroom and invited students to make fun of him.
The boy has been placed in a foster home.
No charges have been filed at this point.