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Grandmother arrested for allegedly beating girl for coming home an hour late

Jeff Bobo • Aug 18, 2014 at 4:52 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County grandmother was charged with aggravated assault Friday for allegedly beating her 15-year-old granddaughter with a belt for coming home an hour late.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Friday Hawkins County deputies were dispatched to a child abuse complaint at the home of Alma Grace Miller, 60, 148 Stewart Drive, Rogersville.

The granddaughter reportedly told police that Miller had beaten her with a belt on her arms and legs for coming home at 7 p.m. when she was supposed to be home at 6 p.m.

HCSO detective Marc Bass stated on his report that the girl tried to call her Department of Children's Services case worker about the whipping, but Miller allegedly "pulled her hair and began choking her around the neck."

"The child told her to stop, that she was abusing her, and then the grandmother told her she would show her abuse and took another swing with the belt," Bass said.

That swing reportedly missed

Bass said the girl stated she was leaving at which time Miller allegedly made a fist and acted like she was going to punch the girl.

The girl then reportedly went to her bedroom and called 911.

Bass added, "When officers arrived they observed marks on the child's neck that were consistent with being choked, as well as several belt marks on her legs and arms."

Miller was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions court on one count of aggravated assault, which is a Class C felony punishable by 3-6 years.

Following her arraignment Miller was released from the Hawkins County Jail on $1,000 bond.

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