Stepmother beats 26-year-old son with belt for being late, said he never asked her to stop

A Florida woman is facing charges after beating her 26-year-old stepson with a belt for being late, according to news reports.

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Largo police arrested Valerie Branch-Galloway Monday on domestic battery charges, according to WPLG-TV.

The incident apparently occurred after the victim, who lives with Branch-Galloway and his father, missed his midnight curfew.

The arrest report said Branch-Galloway gave her stepson an ultimatum: She would tell his father he was late or he could take the "licks," WPLG reported.

The man "picked the licks," according to the Smoking Gun. Branch-Galloway delivered 11 lashes to the victim's buttocks before he asked her to stop, but she reportedly said he had 19 more coming.

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The suspect admitted to striking her stepson but told police he never asked her to stop.

Branch-Galloway was scheduled for arraignment on the battery charges Wednesday.

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