Sunday, November 8, 2009
Grandma Beats Grandson with Vacuum Cord
An 8-year-old Augusta boy fled his grandmother's home Saturday after he was beaten with a vacuum cord, and authorities have arrested the grandmother after she confessed that "I may have taken it too far."
Janice Easterling, 51, is accused of beating her grandson and causing cuts to the boy's legs that required a trip to the Medical College of Georgia hospital.
Authorities found out about the abuse when the boy ran away from his grandmother's Augusta residence on Valley Spring Road about 8 p.m. Saturday. He ended up several streets over from his house, where he knocked on an apartment door and asked for help. He told responding deputies that he ran away from home because his grandmother had beaten him hard with the power cord to a vacuum cleaner. The boy said he had the marks to prove it.
When the grandmother was taken to see the boy's injuries, she told deputies, "I may have taken it too far," according to a sheriff's report. While the boy went to the hospital, Ms. Easterling was charged with one count of felony cruelty to children and taken to jail.
You may be wondering where the boy's parents were. The report doesn't address it.