A California woman has been arrested in connection with a seemingly petty dispute alleging wholesale child abuse.
Andrea GladyszThe 37-year-old is charged with one count of willful cruelty to a child in an incident that is believed to have occurred late in the afternoon on a Friday earlier this month.
According to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 5:15 p.m. ET on February 4, deputies received a call about an allegation of child abuse involving a metal necklace. Shortly after, law enforcement said, TSCO deputies responded to a home in the eastern area of Sonora, California, a small city of about 5,000 residents that was founded during the Great Depression. Gold of the Golden State by miners from a Mexican town with the same name. .
Authorities said a witness told them the alleged abuse occurred after the 37-year-old woman and the young victim argued over a small refrigerator. However, the exact outlines of that alleged argument have not been made publicly available since this writing.
“Gladysz attempted to close the door of the secret victim to lock the secret victim out,” TCSO spokesman and deputy Ashley Boujikian told Gold Country-focused online news site myMotherLode.com.
“While Gladysz was locking the door, the victim was secretly trying to get in,” she continued. “The undercover victim and eyewitness said Gladysz hit the covert victim in the head with a chain-laden fist that resulted in swelling of the secret victim’s head.”
According to the source, the defendant was arrested without incident and is currently being held on $25,000 bail. Prison records reviewed by Law & Crime show that the defendant was arrested on February 4, the same day as the alleged case in question.
Authorities do not appear to have made public the age or condition of the alleged victim. The identity of the alleged victim was also not disclosed.
Law & Crime reached out to TCSO and the local court system for more details on this story but had no immediate response at time of publication.
Under California law, child abuse with the potential to cause major bodily harm is considered so-called “wobbler” violations. It is neither strictly a misdemeanor nor a felony under the revised statutes. Prosecutors have full discretion to charge (and judges have full discretion) an offense as a misdemeanor or felony. In the present case, the defendant has been charged with a felony violation state laws against child abuse.
If found guilty as charged, Gladysz could face penalties ranging from “incarcerated in county jail for no more than one year, or in state prison for two, four or six years.” Probation, if approved by law herein, is accompanied by a minimum mandatory probation sentence of 48 months, mandatory protective order(s) for the child(s) in question, and required to complete a child abuse counseling program.
The bluffs between adults and children led to often catastrophic child abuse allegations until the end of the year. As previously reported by Law & Crime, a Florida man wanted by the authorities on allegations of child abuse ended up facing congressmen before taking his own life. The alleged child abuse in that incident involved both immediate physical changes and posthumous neglect. But the basic argument is definitely picayune: the man and his 13-year-old son arguing about vacuuming out of the man’s SUV. The incident escalated and led to deadly consequences.
[image via Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Dispatch]
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