DFCS supervisor took school's report of daughter's abuse

Wimberly

When Academy of Richmond County officials called a state agency Tuesday to report suspected child abuse, they reached the child’s mother, Sharonika Wesby Wimberly, who was later jailed on charges.

Richmond County sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Carrier said Wednesday that the school called the hot line that was answered by Wimberly, 34, the regional director for the Division of Family and Children Ser­vices.

Carrier said Wimberly ad­mitted to abuse against her daught­er that re­sulted in deep bruising. She was booked into the Richmond County jail on charges of child cruelty in the first degree.

On Wednesday afternoon, a DFCS official said Wimberly has been suspended.

“Based on the severity of the allegations, the employee is being placed on suspension,” said Ravae Graham, the deputy director of the Legislative Affairs and Communications Department of Human Services.

“The Department will closely monitor the legal process and proceed accordingly as events warrant,” Graham said in an e-mail.

The 15-year-old Richmond Academy student told school authorities her mother had hit her in the arm with a broom handle for overuse of a cellphone.

Carrier said that the mother admitted to disciplining her daughter but contended she used a studded belt. Both items were retrieved from Wimberly’s home, he said, but injuries were found consistent with the use of the broom handle.

Doctors initially thought the teen’s upper arm was broken as a result of the assault, but after X-rays were taken, it was diagnosed as severe deep tissue bruising.

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