The regional supervisor of DFCS’ child protective services was charged Tuesday with child cruelty for allegedly beating her 15-year-old daughter with a broom handle, authorities said.
Sharonika Wimberly, 34, of Augusta, was charged with child cruelty last night and remains in jail this morning without bond.
Administrators at the Academy of Richmond County notified the sheriff’s office and, ironically, the Department of Family and Children Services, after the teen was found with substantial bruising and swelling on her arms, said sheriff’s Lt. Blaise Dresser. An investigation revealed that Wimberly allegedly beat the girl with a broom handle for going over on her cell phone minutes, Lt. Dresser said.
Authorities took the girl to the hospital for treatment, and she was later turned over to her father.
“I don’t believe she needs much more treatment,” Lt. Dresser said.
It was not immediately clear what Wimberly’s status was with DFCS, a state agency responsible for “protecting children, foster care and other services to strengthen families.”