Grandmother Arrested After Hitting Granddaughter With a Switch for Not Cleaning Up: Cops

Norma Jean Toussaint, 70, was arrested after her granddaughter told cops she'd been hit with a switch from a bush.

An Arkansas grandmother has been arrested after police say she punished her granddaughter with a switch.

Cops were called to the home of Norma Jean Toussaint in Hot Springs Monday in response to a domestic disturbance report made by her 12-year-old granddaughter. 

The girl told Hot Springs police her grandmother, who is also her guardian, hit her multiple times on the arm with a switch taken from a bush in the front yard.

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According to a police report, the incident occurred after Toussasint became angry that the girl "had not thrown food away as directed."

Authorities saw welts on the girl's arm where the skin was broken, but she was not actively bleeding, according to the police report.

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Toussaint told them the girl was "talking back to her and would not stop" so she chose to punish her.

Corporal Kirk Zaner with the Hot Springs Police told he wasn't at the scene but noted that Toussaint's alleged use of a switch made the situation "more serious."

Toussaint was charged with domestic battery in the 2nd degree. As of Wednesday afternoon, an initial court date had not been set and the case had not yet been sent to the Garland County prosecutor's office.

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