A Florida woman allegedly turned an extension cord into a weapon, folding the cord into a loop and using it to beat a girl who was not supposed to be playing games on a phone.
Baretha Grandison, 35, was arrested, charged with cruelty toward a child and booked into the Escambia County Jail with a $50,000 bond. County records indicated that she remained in custody.
Her redacted arrest report did not provide information about Grandison’s relationship with the abused girl.
However, it did state that the abuse occurred Aug. 18 at a home in Escambia County.
The morning after the abuse, Grandison told the girl to “pack her clothes,” drove the girl to a youth shelter called the Currie House, dropped the girl off and left her there, according to the report.
A Florida Department of Children and Families caseworker began an investigation after observing bruises and marks on the girl’s body at the Currie House, and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office was contacted.
An ECSO deputy was dispatched to the Currie House on Aug. 22 and shown photographs of the girl’s arms and legs depicting “multiple fresh bruises, marks and welts,” the report stated. Several of the marks were “loop” shaped.
The girl explained to the deputy that on Aug. 18, she had been caught playing games on a phone that Grandison had previously been taken away from her and that she was not supposed to have.
Grandison instructed the girl to follow her into a back bedroom and sit in a chair, the report stated. Grandison yelled at the girl, grabbed an extension cord and used it to strike the girl in the back.
The girl tried to leave the back bedroom, but Grandison told her to sit back down, the report stated. The girl sat on the floor, and Grandison repeatedly whipped the girl with the cord. After it was over, the girl ran to a bathroom, put cream on her wounds for the pain, went to her own bedroom, locked the door and went to sleep.
The next morning, Grandison took the girl to the Currie House and “had not spoken to her since” dropping the girl off on Aug. 19, the report stated.
Authorities issued a warrant calling for Grandison’s arrest.