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Julia Marie Patek (Washington County Jail photo)

Woman charged after allegedly handcuffing, beating girl with strap

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Question: What justifies handcuffing a child to a bed and beating her with a leather strap?

Another: Under what circumstances is it considered proper to break her nose?

When Washington County investigators asked these questions Mahtomedi resident Julia Marie Patek, she said the 13-year-old girl had been stealing, lying, "and not going to school."

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