Should there be a comma after 'me'?

The victim also has disturbed sleep and nightmares, said the prosecutor. When his mother hugged him, he cried, saying: “Naughty uncle beat me” and asked: “Why uncle beat me?” she added.

Should there be a comma after ‘me’?

Thanks.

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I don’t think so because it’s clear from the quotation marks where the direct statement ends.

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