1. Woman jailed for life after dressing as a witch to ‘terrorise and abuse’ her 7-year-old granddaughter.
— People Magazine (@people) April 18, 2017
Oklahoma woman Geneva Robinson, 51, has been sentenced to life in prison after she ‘dressed like a witch while severely abusing her seven-year-old granddaughter’, PEOPLE magazine reports.
The court heard that Robinson assaulted her granddaughter for more than a year by burning her with cigarettes, beating her with a rolling pin and smacking her in the face, in what prosecutors described as a “house of horrors”.
Court documents detailed that Robinson would also assume a persona called ‘Nelda the Witch’, painting her skin green and wearing all black during the abuse.
A video played in court shows ‘Nelda’ grabbing the little girl by her throat and being told she was going to get eaten by the evil witch.
The seven-year-old girl was also deprived of food, and was forced to sleep outside with dogs and wasn’t allowed to go to school. The girl told detectives she was pinched with pliers, tied up with a dog leash and sometimes suspended from the ceiling.
In a letter read in court, the girl – who is now nine years old – told Robinson she loved and forgave her.
“You’re the best grandmother I ever had,” she wrote.
Robinson and her co-defendant, her 33-year-old boyfriend Joshua Granger, pleaded guilty to child abuse and neglect charges when their trial began two months ago.
Last week, the 51-year-old was handed three life sentences, while Granger will spend 30 years behind bars for his role in the girl’s abuse.
2. Mum and stepdad guilty of 3-year-old’s murder after they beat him to death for ‘looking like his father’.
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