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Witch Grandma Arrested on Additional Child Abuse Complaints

05-Jan-2015

In early October, we brought you the story of an Oklahoma City grandmother accused of dressing up as a witch before abusing her 7-year-old granddaughter. 

Geneva Robinson, 49, was arrested after she brought her granddaughter to an area hospital, saying that she was unable to "control" the child any longer. However, hospital staff noticed that the girl appeared malnourished and had several visible injuries, including bruises, burns, ligature marks on her wrists, and infected wounds. 

The girl was questioned about her injuries, and she gave authorities a strange and terrible tale. She said her grandmother would terrorize her by dressing up as a witch named "Nelda" to discipline her. The girl says the woman would tie her up in the garage at night, making her sleep on nothing but a pair of jeans, and telling her that there were "creatures" in the attic that were going to "get" the girl. She says she was hung from her armpits, suspended from the garage ceiling by a dog leash. The girl also told authorities that "Nelda" struck her with a whip "approximately 1,000 times."

When police investigated, they found a witch costume, a whip, and a dog leash in the home. Other children also told of abuse at the hands of their grandmother, saying she threatened to cut off a boy's finger with a pair of scissors after he cut a doll's hair.

The children were taken into protective custody.

The children's story is bizarre. While there is something unusual about a person dressing up as a witch to abuse children, there is nothing unusual about the presence of a witch costume in a home a month before Halloween, and there is nothing strange about owning dog leashes if one owns or has owned dogs. Police and DHS investigators were charged with the task of determining whether the children's bizarre tale of abuse was true or invented.

After three months of investigation, Robinson and her live-in boyfriend, Joshua Granger, 31, have been arrested on multiple counts of child abuse and neglect.

Robinson was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on New Year's Eve. She is held on $200,000 bond for 13 complaints of child abuse and 6 complaints of child neglect.

Granger was not accused in the original complaint in late September, but because of the subsequent investigation, he is accused of abusing the children and helping Robinson to abuse the children. He is also held in the Oklahoma County Jail on $200,000 bond. Complaints include 4 counts of child abuse and 6 complaints of child neglect.



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