It is my understanding that Grant, the girl’s paternal grandmother, brought the child back with her after visiting the child’s family in California. She was to keep the girl for a few weeks. A “few weeks” somehow turned into a couple of months. The child’s mother finally flew to Atlanta last Friday to pick up the girl after Grant, her mother-in-law, refused to return the child and stopped returning her phone calls.
After the toddler was back in her custody, mom noticed numerous burns, bruises and abrasions on the child’s body and had her seen in the emergency room. Investigators said the girl had what appeared to be burns all over her body, and X-rays revealed two broken ribs that already started to heal. It also appeared as if the child had been sexually assaulted.
Grant turned herself in Monday and was promptly booked on charges of cruelty to children, aggravated battery, sexual battery and aggravated assault. She is being held without bond.
Police say two other young children at the home have been taken into protective custody.