Mom arrested after child hurt when struck with belt

Friday, April 3, 2009 11:14 AM
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An Augusta mother was arrested Thursday after she beat her son with a belt,police said today.

Franca Jacinda Grier, 29, 1600 block of Floyd Street, told officers she was trying to discipline her 6-year-old son after he got in trouble at school for pushing a little girl to the ground, according to Richmond County Sheriff’s Investigator Mark Dobbins.

The boy suffered injuries to his face, head, back and arms, Investigator Dobbins said. He also had a broken blood vessel in his eye.

The child was taken to Medical College of Georgia to be checked and he suffered no internal injuries, Investigator Dobbins said.

Ms. Grier was charged with cruelty to children in the first degree, according to a sheriff’s office jail committal.

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Soggy_Bottom
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Soggy_Bottom 04/03/09 - 10:20 am
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The BELT at my house when

The BELT at my house when growing up was reserved for the BUTT only! Sounds like she went a little crazy.

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 04/03/09 - 10:27 am
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She is a real sicko! Probably

She is a real sicko! Probably not the first time she's used the belt. Poor kid.

plzgetalife
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plzgetalife 04/03/09 - 10:35 am
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I really don't see a problem

I really don't see a problem with disciplining your kids with a belt. I do have a problem with hitting them in face!! I think she just crazy!!

rufus
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rufus 04/03/09 - 10:41 am
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She went overboard but I bet

She went overboard but I bet he doesn't push any more girls.

1trugent
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1trugent 04/03/09 - 10:49 am
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There is a correct way to

There is a correct way to discipline a child and swinging wildly with a belt is not it.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/03/09 - 10:49 am
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I've had my share of

I've had my share of whoopings with a belt when i was younger but it sounds like she lost it. Injuries to the face, head, arms and back indicate she lost control...and on a 6 year old at that. Seems to me, picking up trash around the school yard for a week, apology to the little girl, and no recess might have made a bigger impact than the beating.

SusieQ
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SusieQ 04/03/09 - 10:52 am
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There's a difference in

There's a difference in correcting and abusing a child. Like Soggy Bottom said " the belt was for the butt only" but I don't think us getting a whipping when we disobeyed was abuse. This woman went a little over-broad-- and maybe the little boy had a reason to push the girl. Little girls aren't angels, you know! I'm speaking from experience, a long time ago I was a little girl. SudieQ

aaa
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aaa 04/03/09 - 10:59 am
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This is definitely not

This is definitely not spanking, this is anger and abuse.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 04/03/09 - 10:59 am
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It does sounds as if Mom may

It does sounds as if Mom may have taken her frustration out on her little one. In my opinion, Mom was doing what she was taught to do but as I was taught, you should never discipline a child while you are angry.

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Dan White 04/03/09 - 11:00 am
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I had plenty of belt

I had plenty of belt whippings too by mom and dad. They liked to my butt and legs. It worked. I turned out OK.

msneutral
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msneutral 04/03/09 - 11:04 am
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I have no problem with

I have no problem with dicipline. I had many whippings with the belt when I was a child and it did not kill me. I think she should have calmed down before she diciplined him. I pray that everything works out for the family.

ags59
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ags59 04/03/09 - 11:10 am
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Maybe the child saw his

Maybe the child saw his mother being pushed and thought this behavor was ok. Still she went a little to far.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 04/03/09 - 11:20 am
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Skip the belt. That's not

Skip the belt. That's not discipline.

voluptuously_auburn1
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voluptuously_auburn1 04/03/09 - 11:21 am
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I really doubt she intended

I really doubt she intended to hit her child in the face ... I'm guessing the kid was squirming around and was accidently hit in the face. But I'll bet he thinks twice about hitting another girl in the future.

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 04/03/09 - 11:29 am
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There is no reason to hit

There is no reason to hit anyone with a belt. You might have "turned out' ok, but that doesn't make it right.

MS_ALEXIS
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MS_ALEXIS 04/03/09 - 11:37 am
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I am 24 and was spanked with

I am 24 and was spanked with a belt. I am fine and it is a reminder for kids not to do things again. That time out crap and taking away toys and other forms of simple punishment do not work at all. I spank my god daughter and she squirms around, so I have to hold her down. That is punishment, maybe she didn't mean to hit him in his face and back but she deserves what she got. I pray he is ok and from not on maybe she will think about how she restrains him instead of just beating him. There is a difference between a spanking and abuse.

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Fiat_Lux 04/03/09 - 11:46 am
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Matter of opinion, SCGAL.

Matter of opinion, SCGAL. Parents should have enough insight about their children to know what kind of discipline works effectively. Some just need the belt. Some respond to extra work or loss of privileges, some just need a disapproving look. And different methods work best at different stages of their development. The problem is in making the punishment be about what's best for the child instead of about how the parent feels.

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Carefree 04/03/09 - 11:46 am
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First i would like to say yes

First i would like to say yes this is taking it to far. If you would like to use the belt on a child that it should never be a choice that is easy to come by. I think parents who use belts should also know that this may affect their relationships with that child later in life and that they should weigh the ups and downs of using it instead of just reacting out of anger. I know that as a child i was very quiet and one day i was sent home for laughing by my kindergarten teacher and i got my butt wooped with a belt. My personality was affected after that and i became a lot more intraverted. I was raised with the biblical standards of this surrounding this issue but i have to say that spare the rod spoil the child can be interpreted several ways the main point being punish them so they will learn from their mistakes. Punishment doesn't have to be corporal to be affective. My mom can look at me even at the age of thirty and i am more affected by her disappointment of me than i would be by her hitting me. Please think twice before you damage the relationship you share with your children.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/03/09 - 11:47 am
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It's the same old problem:

It's the same old problem: people who aren't mature enough to have children, or are just too self-centered, tend not to know how to raise them, generation after generation.

museofsatie
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museofsatie 04/03/09 - 11:52 am
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I'm 24. I was never spanked

I'm 24. I was never spanked with a belt, but I did get several spankings when I was a young child (before my parents changed their minds on discipline and switched to time outs, grounding, and taking away toys). Now, I have a son who is a year old. I, personally, believe that spanking, even with a belt, is fine as long as the swats are on the butt and aren't strong hits that would raise welts or bruise the child. If you are so out of control that you hit the child, repeatedly, elsewhere, and especially as high as the face, you need to drop the dang belt and calm down. Even if the child was squirming around, anyone in their right, calm mind would see that as it was happening and could stop swinging, so as to avoid hitting him in the face. The woman got what she deserved.

cinder72
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cinder72 04/03/09 - 11:57 am
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i believe this woman went to

i believe this woman went to far also. my mom wore a belt around her neck in order to discipline me & my brothers and trust me we are all prefectly fine adults. i even remember my mom telling me she was gonna beat me till i cried becuase i was defiantly holding back tears. i started crying in no time. and i learned not to push that woman. my mother & i have a wonderful relationship to this day. if the situation calls fro me to pull out a belt to my kids butts i intend to use it.

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Hoss4 04/03/09 - 11:59 am
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My brothers, sisters, and I

My brothers, sisters, and I were only spanked when we were really in trouble. It was certainly never with a belt and it was never in any area other than our rear ends.

TheShep
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TheShep 04/03/09 - 12:06 pm
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It's illegal in GA to

It's illegal in GA to discipline a child with anything other than your hand right?

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 04/03/09 - 12:17 pm
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Can you say trash?

Can you say trash?

SusieQ
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SusieQ 04/03/09 - 12:17 pm
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I may be wrong but I think

I may be wrong but I think the hand is also off limits. I was in a store one time and I heard a Mother tell her child to stay right here beside her. He wondered off and when he came back she told him she was going to slap him if he didn't listen. The kid said to her "You do and I will call 911". SusieQ

NoGoodReason
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NoGoodReason 04/03/09 - 12:21 pm
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I was spanked as a child

I was spanked as a child growing up by both of my parents. They had two totally different styles of punishment. My mom always acted out emotionally and dad was more methodical. Mom’s favorite was the fly swatter and my Dad made a wooden paddle he made with my name on side and my brother’s on the other side which he referred to as his board of education. I can honestly say I never got a whopping I didn’t deserve and believe it help me learned that there consequences for my actions. Sounds like learned behavior on the boy’s part and with regards to his mom sounds like a stress out single mother acting out in anger… I hope the family gets the support and help they need.

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 04/03/09 - 12:30 pm
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Fiat, true, it is a matter of

Fiat, true, it is a matter of opinion. It is also my opinion that anyone who uses a belt needs to take parenting classes as well as anger management.

chey
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chey 04/03/09 - 12:40 pm
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in response to SusieQ ------I

in response to SusieQ ------I may be wrong but I think the hand is also off limits. I was in a store one time and I heard a Mother tell her child to stay right here beside her. He wondered off and when he came back she told him she was going to slap him if he didn't listen. The kid said to her "You do and I will call 911". SusieQ------ I wish my son would tell me he will call 911. I am all for spankings. Not in the face like that woman did, but I control my home, Not my child. That's the reason we have crazy kids these days, because they have no respect for adults and authority. My son better never tell me he'll call 911 on me for disciplining him. But I never "threaten" to discipline him anyway, I just do it.

jboy
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jboy 04/03/09 - 12:48 pm
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SCGAL, thats the problem with

SCGAL, thats the problem with today's society too much BS counseling and classes.

lottiedo2
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lottiedo2 04/03/09 - 12:51 pm
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However a parent chooses to

However a parent chooses to discipline their children is the PARENT'S decision...not anyone elses. I, along with many other people, were spanked, even with a belt at times. Children squirm and move around so I'm sure the mother didn't mean to hit him in the face. The bottom line is everyone should stay out of everyone else's business. I can't tell you how sick I am of nosy people that have nothing better to do than to get in everyone's business!! Get a life!

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