Mary Gowans is facing misdemeanor child abuse charges after she allegedly instructed her 12-year-old son to “beat the gay away” from his older brother, 15. Police were summoned to Gowans’ home on Aug. 24. When they arrived, there were “several people yelling and screaming,” according to a police report cited in the report. Gowans allegedly had the 15-year-old son strip down to his underwear and instructed the 13-year-old brother to beat him with a belt. The 15-year-old told authorities that he wasn’t allowed to fight back while the 12-year-old hit him.
Gowans has denied all of the charges, but does admit to beating her son in an effort to stop him from visiting a gay man’s house, who she heard had molested him. She claims she was just trying to protect her son and the older son hit the younger so she had the 12-year-old hit him back. Gowans also told reporters that she does believe her son is “gay in some way”, and has been trying to contact authorities about the alleged sexual abuse.