Grandmother charged in abuse case
By Chris Buckley
Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Updated: Saturday, January 19, 2013
A Speers woman has been charged for allegedly striking her 5-year-old grandson with a hammer and bounding him to the bed.
Carmen Alexander, 45, of 253 Davidson Drive, was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, unlawful restraint and endangering the welfare of children.
She was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins and released after posting $100,000 bond.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Alexander was the caregiver for her grandson. The child sustained bruising, scratches, burns, scars and trauma over much of his body, including a lump on his forehead.
The child told police Alexander struck him with a hammer as punishment and bond his wrists with zip ties to the bedpost. He had bite marks on his hands from attempting to free himself.
Police found zip ties in the child's bedroom and broken zip ties attached to the bedpost, according to the affidavit.
The child was treated at Monongahela Valley Hospital, where medical reports, photographs and treatment were documented.
Alexander told police she once “zip-tied” the child's wrists to show him how police handcuff suspects. According to the affidavit, Alexander told police she witnessed her son's ex-girlfriend strike the child with a metal spoon on several occasions, but never reported the alleged incident.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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