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Augusta Woman Beats Boy with Plastic Bat

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An Augusta woman has been charged for beating a 6-year-old boy with a plastic bat and leaving bruises, authorities said.

Julia Ann Baitmon, 21, was asked by a family friend to watch the friend’s children between Friday and Tuesday. When the suspect returned the children, the 6-year-old boy was walking with a limp, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Shane McDaniel.

“After questioning her son as to why he was limping, the son related that he had been spanked by Baitman with a plastic bat,” Sgt. McDaniel said. “The mother of the victim examined her son and observed welt marks alongside the 6 year old’s leg and buttocks.”

The boy was treated at a local hospital and Baitmon was arrested for cruelty to children in the first degree. She remained in jail Wednesday afternoon under no bond.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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