Grandmother charged with child abuse in St. Augustine | News

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Grandmother charged with child abuse in St. Augustine
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A grandmother is facing a charge of child abuse after the St. Augustine Police Department said a grandchild left in her care had purple bruising up and down her back.

Authorities said the child was at Webster Elementary School and was acting withdrawn and quiet. When staff asked the child was was wrong, the child said her back hurt. Police report that while the child was in the nurses clinic, a staff member saw 4 inch by 2 inch bruising on the child's back.

Authorities said the child told the staff member at the school that her grandmother, Debra O'Sickey, had hit her with a belt that morning.

Debra O'Sickey was arrested and placed under a $10,000 bond.


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