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Police arrest mom in child abuse case

In Children and Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence on August 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm
8/25/2009 12:01:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article
Police arrest mom in child abuse case

By Heath Hamacher
Staff Writer

LAWRENCEVILLE – Police arrested a Lawrenceville woman after her son showed up at preschool with a busted lip and missing a tooth, authorities said.

According to reports, Lawrenceville Academy staff members called police about 11:24 a.m. Friday after Xavier Weems, age unknown, told them that visible injuries to his mouth were caused when his mother, 46-year-old Janelle Yvonne Weems, pushed his face into a wall.

Weems faces two counts of first-degree cruelty to children and one count of aggravated battery by disfiguring.

Administrators pulled Xavier out of class, reports said, and questioned him after noticing the injuries. The child reportedly said he had gotten in trouble in class and was being spanked against a wall when his mother pushed the back of his head, knocking out one of his front teeth.

The child also suffered cut lips and a bruised forehead, police said.

According to investigators, Xavier Weems’ older brother, Quentin, a kindergarten student, confirmed the account.

Warrants show Janelle Weems faces an additional child cruelty charge for allegedly pinching Quentin inside his left forearm, “causing marks and scars,” sometime within the last two weeks.

Weems is being held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail and is hiring an attorney, records show.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Police arrest mom in child abuse case.

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