A grandmother in Oklahoma City was arrested for dressing up like a witch and physically abusing her young granddaughter.
According to reports, 49-year-old Geneva Robinson took her seven-year-old granddaughter to the hospital to complain that she could no longer control her. Upon arriving at the hospital, however, workers saw clear signs of physical abuse, and after talking with the young girl, they learned details of the bizarre situation.
The girl told a Department of Human Services employee that her grandmother regularly dressed up as a witch named “Nelda,” complete with a green mask, hat and robe, and beat her. The girl said that Robinson would bring her out to the garage, bind her wrists, and make her sleep on a pair of jeans because “she was in trouble.” The grandmother would also allegedly “take a pink dog leash and hang the victim in the middle of the garage underneath her arms,” and tell the girl that “the creatures in the attic were going to come get her.” Robinson would also use a whip to brutally beat the seven-year-old.
Doctors say that the seven-year-old girl had wounds all over her body, some of which were infected, and said she showed signs that she was malnourished upon arriving at the hospital. Despite the signs, neighbors say they don’t believe the story that the child is telling.
“If it wasn’t serious, it would be laughable,” said neighbor Tracie Spillman to KFOR. “I can’t believe it. I just think that’s not true.”
“I just don’t believe the allegations against her,” said another neighbor, Heidi Campbell. “It’s just something I don’t believe because I’ve seen the kids and they look fine, they look happy.”
“I do not believe it,” neighbor George Finley said. “I don’t believe it at all. She’s too nice and takes care of those kids.”
Another man, known only as Joshua, who reportedly lives in the home, claims that the little girl’s allegations aren’t true.
“She’s never dressed up as a witch to punish any of the kids,” Joshua said.
Still, police say that evidence found inside the home back up the little girl’s bizarre claims.
“The evidence at the scene corroborated what she was saying,” said Sgt. Gary Knight of the Oklahoma City Police Department. “There were whips and chains and a witch’s hat found there. Just a completely horrible situation for a child to be in.”
All four children who live at the home have been placed in protective custody, and Robinson is currently being held on a $10,000 bond.