Hephzibah woman accused of child cruelty




A Hephzibah woman is accused of cruelty to children after her 2-year-old son was hospitalized Friday, police say.

About 3:45 a.m., Richmond County deputies were called to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia on the campus of Georgia Regents University in reference to a suspicious situation, according to an incident report.

Upon arrival, deputies spoke with Katherine Smith, whose son sustained head injuries Thursday. She told police that between 5. to 10 p.m., she put her son in the corner of his room to discipline him.

While outside of the room, Smith said, she heard a “thud,” and returned to find her son on the floor. The child was then taken to the hospital by ambulance.

According to the report, Smith said her son suffers from a syndrome which causes him to hold his breath until he loses consciousness.

She was later booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center on a charge of cruelty to children in the second degree, according to jail records.

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