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Augusta grandmother pleads guilty to reduced child abuse charges

Friday, April 19, 2013 4:53 PM
Last updated Saturday, April 20, 2013 2:15 AM
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After several attempts by her attorneys, an Augusta woman accused of child abuse was sentenced to probation Friday.

Aileen M. Satoafaiga, 46, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to reduced charges of cruelty to children in the second degree, and Judge J. Wade Padg­ett accepted the plea deal for a seven-year probation sentence.

What concerned him most, Padgett said, was that Satoafaiga had a family member hide the victim when deputies went to the house.

In September, the De­partment of Family and Chil­dren Services received a report that Satoafaiga’s 4-year-old grandson had missed a number of school days and that there was an anonymous call about child abuse.

When the officers questioned Satoafaiga on Sept. 14, her answers were inconsistent, and officers found the boy stashed in the attic during a search, Assis­tant District Attorney Adam Land told the judge in January. Satoa­faiga admitted hitting the child with a flip-flop several times, leaving small bruises on his face and chest.

It was a mistake and Satoafaiga panicked, defense attorney Travers Chance said. There has been a DFCS investigation, and custody of the boy has been transferred to another family member.

There had never been another DFCS report, Chance said. Satoafaiga had taken in the boy and his sibling because their father was in prison and their mother aban­doned them, Chance said.
Padgett refused the plea deal in January and again in February. On Friday, he said he had met in his office with the attorneys since then.

Padgett refused to allow Satoafaiga to have first offender status. While on probation, she is not to have primary care of any child.

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nanowerx 04/20/13 - 08:28 am

A plea deal? really?! Great, another slap on the wrist probation sentence goes out to a monster that would beat up a kid; disgusting.

Javagirl524 04/21/13 - 03:22 pm
I am a grandmother also, and

I am a grandmother also, and there is no way I would leave marks on my grandsons. Don't get me wrong, I believe in spankings when needed, but some people take it too far including the parents. I hope this doesn't scar the little boy for life. There are alot of people out there that would appreciate a grandchild. I know that I would like to spend more time with mine, but my son decided to be dictated to.

rmwhitley 04/21/13 - 04:03 pm
I'm proud of

America's stance on political correctness. No daddy's, welfare for illegitimate moms and grandmoms. Trash!

rluther 04/22/13 - 09:01 am

Probation -- really -- maybe she should be in charge of the judge's grandkids for awhile -- unbelieveable that someone can go to jail for something minor but get probabtion for child abuse!!!!!

MarinerMan 04/22/13 - 01:12 pm
This Brings Up Another Point

There are far, far, too many grandparents having to raise their grandchildren because either/both/only parent is worthless. Or, there is a baby mill, whereby Granny pockets 20K per kid that pops out. It is most sad for the child, who had no say in their life. For Judge Padgett to accept a plea deal, there must be more to this story.

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