AR Girl Punished with Switch, Grandmother Arrested

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Norma Toussaint, 70, of Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – A local grandmother has been arrested after punishing her granddaughter with a switch.

The Hot Springs Police Department (HSPD) says Norma Toussaint, 70, was charged with Domestic Battery, 2nd Degree in the June 27 incident after police were called to a disturbance at 124 Dawer Street.

According to the HSPD incident report, the 12-year-old girl who was punished told officers that her grandmother and guardian had become angry after she had not thrown food away, as directed, while in their apartment.

The girl said her grandmother hit her several times on one arm with a switch taken from a bush in the front yard. The report noted that the girl had visible welts and the skin had been broken but she was not bleeding.

Toussaint told police that she punished her granddaughter because she was talking back to her and would not stop.

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