Brooklyn Politician Charged With Beating Teen Son

NEW YORK (AP) -

Prosecutors say a state assemblywoman from Brooklyn is facing charges that she beat her 13-year-old son with a broomstick.

Police arrested Diana Richardson on Saturday after the teen told them that his mother caused an abrasion on his arm by striking him during a dispute in their home.

A criminal complaint charges Richardson with assault, menacing and other counts. Prosecutors said Sunday that she was released without bail.

There was no immediate response to a message left with the politician’s press contact.

The 33-year-old Richardson won a special election in May 2015 on the Working Families ticket to represent Brooklyn’s 43rd Assembly District. She’s running unopposed for a second term on Tuesday.