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Former DFCS Regional director pleads guilty to misdemeanor child abuse

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 3:13 PM
Last updated 9:31 PM
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The area’s former regional director of the Department of Family and Children Services pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child abuse charge Wednesday.

Sharonika Wimberly, 34, was sentenced in Richmond County Superior Court to 12 months’ probation and fined $500. Wimberly was indicted on a charge of family violence battery in January for hitting her 15-year-old daughter on Oct. 22, leaving a deep bruise on the teen’s arm.

Wimberly’s daughter was in court Wednesday to support her mother. Wimberly lost her DFCS job after her arrest. The incident was reported by a school official – a DFCS call that Wimberly answered.

As part of her sentence, Judge J. Wade Padgett included a special condition: Wimberly cannot use physical discipline on any child while on probation. Wimberly was sentenced under the First Offender Act.

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Time1 02/13/13 - 04:39 pm
Something just is not right

Something just is not right here.
I feel for Mrs. Sharonika Wimberly was trying to discipline her child. One deep bruise? It seems there would be more marks left for abuse and this could have been a one time problem. Now does the sentence say she can use physical discipline after 12 months probation? Well Mom has lost her job now---just dont know about this one.

CricketSeranade 02/13/13 - 05:18 pm
It was a little more

It was a little more complicated than that. She beat her so badly the Doctors initially thought her arm had been broken. Turns out she beat her daughter with a broom handle, though the mother claimed that it was with a 'studded belt'. And all this over the girl using her cell phone too much.

Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 02/13/13 - 07:54 pm
Judge Padget, why not some

Judge Padgett, why not some mandatory counselling to help her get to the root of her anger and dysfunctional parenting skills?

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