Grandmother charged with child abuse

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 8:46 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 8:46 a.m.

A Gainesville woman was arrested Wednesday on a child abuse charge on allegations she used an extension cord to discipline her granddaughter, according to an arrest report.

Charged was Joyce Gainey Williams, 56. She was arrested following an investigation by the Florida Department of Children and Families, the report states.

The incident happened about two weeks ago. The granddaughter told police her grandmother hit her several times with the cord, and a U-shaped mark was still visible when police spoke with her Wednesday, the report states.

Williams told police that she used the extension cord as a last resort of discipline because the girl does not comply with other methods. Williams told police she did not abuse the girl, the report states.

- Cindy Swirko

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