Augusta woman facing child cruelty charges

Julia Baitmon, 21, was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of first-degree child cruelty

An Augusta woman is facing child cruelty charges after police said she repeatedly struck a friend’s son with a plastic bat.

According to an incident report, the 6-year-old boy’s mother noticed her son walking abnormally Tuesday after returning home from staying at the suspect’s home on Laney-Walker Boulevard.

The mother told police the suspect, Julia Baitmon, had the victim’s three brothers hold him down while she hit him multiple times on the upper legs and buttocks with a plastic bat. Investigators found visible injuries on the child.

Baitmon, 21, was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of first-degree child cruelty.

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