Corporal punishment not tolerated by public
On Oct. 13, Summerville Police received multiple calls regarding a male assaulting a child in the Bojangles parking lot.
Arriving, the officer observed several people congregated all pointing at a 66-year-old man who was “out of breath and sweating” near a silver Dodge Dakota.
Advised of his Miranda rights, the man agreed to speak to police telling them that his grandchildren had been arguing in the back of the car and he had nearly crashed his vehicle so he pulled into the lot “so people could see” and “I beat her with this hand…in the behind.”
He told police he had threatened the beating if they didn’t stop arguing. When asked how many times he beat her, the grandfather replied he didn’t know but he only hit her on the behind. However, witnesses told police they observed him pulling the 9-year-old child from the car by the neck and arm, then sitting on the curb with the child over his lap, his legs locking hers, and beating her with an open hand all over from the neck down. The child was screaming and crying “stop…help me…help me…I won’t do it again.”
Police observed red marks resembling fingers on the center of her back and left side of her neck.
The little girl had run to some employees and they took her inside the restaurant.
People driving by on North Main Street had seen the incident and pulled in to help the child but were told by the grandfather to “mind their own … business.”
Witness told police they had seen the child hit approximately 20 to 25 times.
The man told police he had stopped hitting her because he “was tired and…finished.”
The child’s mother told police, when contacted, that the grandfather lived with them and was wonderful with the children, caring for them, helping with homework and reading to them. He always listened to their problems. She further told police that the girl and her brother, 12, argued a lot “and can drive one insane” and when they argued, the little girl would scream “at the top of her lungs making a screeching sound.”
Police arrested the grandfather for Unlawful Conduct Towards a Child.