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Oklahoma City grandmother accused of dressing as witch to abuse child

OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City woman is arrested on some truly bizarre claims of child abuse.

Officers were called to a home in southeast Oklahoma City after the alleged suspect tried to take the victim to Griffin Memorial Hospital.

According to the police affidavit, 49-year-old Geneva Robinson told employees at the hospital that she could not control the girl anymore.

The 7-year-old child looked to be malnourished and had numerous burns and bruises across her body, according to the police report.

The report says the victim's ankles had cuts around them and were infected.

Her wrists had marks "which had the appearance of possibly being bound."

Authorities say the 7-year-old girl claims Robinson, her grandmother, would dress up as a witch and abuse her.

The girl told a DHS worker that Robinson would wear a green mask, take her to the garage, bind her wrists at night and make her sleep on a pair of pants because "she was in trouble."

The child says the witch's name is "Nelda."

"Nelda" would allegedly "take a pink dog leash and hang the victim in the middle of the garage underneath her arms" and tell the girl "the creatures in the attic were going to come get her."

The child also said that she would be hit with an orange and black whip.

"If it wasn't serious, it would be laughable," said Tracie Spillman, a neighbor. "I can't believe it. I just think that's not true."

"I do not believe it," said George Finley, another neighbor.

"I just don't believe the allegations against her," said Heidi Campbell.

Several neighbors agree they've never seen any bizarre behavior from the alleged suspect or the three other young kids who lived in the home showed no signs of abuse.

"It's just something I don't believe because I've seen the kids and they look fine, they look happy," said Campbell.

"I don't believe it at all. She's too nice and takes care of those kids," said Finley.

"It's not true at all," said Joshua.

Joshua, who refused to give his last name, actually lives in the home with the suspect.

He describes the alleged victim as a troubled child and denies the suspect had an evil witch alter ego.

"She's never dressed up as a witch to punish any of the kids," said Joshua.

For their part, police claim what they found inside the home seems to back up the victim's story.

"The evidence at the scene corroborated what she was saying," said MSgt. Gary Knight, 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."

Another grown adult who lives in the home also allegedly told police he got the witch treatment, claiming the suspect kicked him in the genitals on a regular basis.

Robinson was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on a $10,000 bond.

All four young kids who live in the home were placed in protective custody.


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