A woman in Texas has been charged with assault after she beat her teenage son with an electrical cable, after catching him engaged in oral sex with her male cousin.

Hospital staff became concerned when the 15 year old boy was brought in by his grandmother, with marks and cuts on his torso, hands, arms, and thighs.

It emerged that he had been beaten with an electrical cable by his mother, Erica Moore, after she found him engaged in oral sex with her 18 year old male cousin.

Moore said: “My cousin, at the time, he was 18. My son he was 15, and I had walked in the room on [my cousin] giving oral sex to my son and I started whooping my son, and I’m the one who got in trouble as a result of me whooping him.”

She added: “It was just disgusting to me, the way he was looking and my cousin was looking, and my cousin immediately ran out the door.

“The police department told me that it was consensual, but they was committing a homosexual act in my house and we are totally against that. So I whooped my son and about three or four months later they came and arrested me for abuse.”

As well as justifying her actions based on her “disgust”, Moore said she had beaten her son because she had also been beaten that way as a child.

She added that she did not discriminate, as she would have done the same thing if she had caught her daughter in a similar position.

She said: “What do you do in a situation like that where I’m catching my son having sex? It would be no different than me catching my daughter and she had a boy in the house and me disciplining her for having a boy in the house.”

Moore is facing a Class-A misdemeanour assault charge, which has the potential to result in a jail sentence.

She remains adamant that she did not act wrongly, and claims that the police officer who charged her had said that, off the record, he would have done the same. This was denied by the Police Department.

Moore said: “Even that day when the police officer came out here, he told me out of his own mouth, ‘If it was me and I walked in on my child,’ he said, ‘parent to parent I probably would have shot him. I probably would have shot both of them.’ But with the law you can’t, you’re not allowed to put whoops on him. He said you can whoop him, but you’re not allowed to leave any marks on him.”

Chief Dan Dennis of the Forest Hill Police Department said that Moore had lied about the officer’s comments.

He told CBS: “Miss Moore’s statement of the officer’s alleged inappropriate comments are simply untrue.  The conversation was recorded.  The officer’s conduct was entirely professional.  The Forest Hill Police Department does not discriminate against any citizen based on sexual orientation.”

The 18 year old cousin could potentially be charged, but Moore has refused to allow police to interview her son. The Police Department said “The fact that we couldn’t interview the victim hindered us from furthering the case.”