DFCS supervisor charged with child abuse


A regional supervisor for child abuse at the Department of Family and Children Services was arrested Tuesday on a charge of child cruelty in the first degree after she was accused of abusing her daughter.

Sharonika Wesby Wimberly, 34, was arrested after Richmond County investigators were called to Richmond Academy by school authorities. They said Wimberly’s 15-year-old daughter had told them her mother beat her with a broom handle after she had overused her cell phone, sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser said.

The teen was taken to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with deep tissue bruising on her arms, Dresser said.

Wimberly was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday night.

Dresser said Wimberly is in charge of Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties for DFCS.