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Local grandmother accused of beating child with belt

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Updated: 2/24 8:22 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A grandmother from St. Augustine is accused of beating a child with a belt.

According to the St. Augustine Police Department, 52-year-old Debra O'sickey is behind bars on suspicion of abusing a 6-year-old child. 

A friend of the family, Christopher Morris, tells Action News he was shocked to learn of her arrest. 

"She's never been in any kind of trouble. She works, comes home and supports her family," said Morris.

The St. Augustine Police Department said the child was in O'sickey's care. 
 
According to a police report, nurses at Webster Elementary School found 4-inch by 2-inch red and purple bruises up and down the child's back.

Police say the mother of the child noticed the bruising earlier that morning and asked O'sickey but according to investigators the grandmother told her the girl had fallen on a toy.

O'sickey is being held on a $10,000 bond in the St. Johns County jail. She is facing child abuse charges.

Action News has learned O'sickey is 2-year-old Dixie Wallace's grandmother. No charges were ever filed in that case.
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nativejax - 2/24/2014 6:13 PM
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Wow, just heard on news she is same granny that was suppose to be watching another grandchild that almost drowned. She should not be allowed around ANY kids if you ask me. Grandchildren are a 'Double Blessing'.

angels072258 - 2/24/2014 5:42 PM
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SHE PROBABLY BEAT HER CHILD THE SAME WAY.

nativejax - 2/24/2014 4:59 PM
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You are so right kingkaos. And I want to add, I am a Grandmother of 4 with another due in May:-) Never would I strike my grandchildren, it is not MY place. Even if my kids gave me permission, I still would not beat my grand kids. They will be sent back with a FULL account of what they did and discipline would be the parents responsibility...not mine.

nativejax - 2/24/2014 4:45 PM
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TO BEAT A CHILD ON THE BACK WITH A BELT IS AGAINST THE LAW. YOU DON'T HAVE TO HORSE WHIP THEM WITH A BELT ANYWHERE EITHER TO MAKE THEM MIND. I NEVER USED CORPORAL BEATINGS ON MY KIDS AND THEY WERE NOT SCREAMING LITTLE BRATS EVERYWHERE WE WENT. If you beat them like a crazy ass, not caring where the belt hits them, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE A PARENT. AND MARK MY WORD, THEY MAY ACT LIKE FAITHFUL, OBEDIENT LITTLE DOGS TO YOU WHEN THEY ARE LITTLE, BUT WHEN THEY GROW UP THEY WILL HATE YOU OR RUN AS FAST AS THEY CAN FROM YOU. There's a big difference between CORPORAL PUNISHMENT and DISCIPLINING A CHILD. TIME OUT and TAKING AWAY THEIR FAVORITE THINGS WORKS GOOD. STANDING IN THE CORNER FOR A 'CERTAIN' AMOUNT OF MINUTES WORK REALLY GOOD TOO. FOLLOWING THROUGH WHEN YOU SAY 'NO' IS DETRIMENTAL..DELIBERATELY 'INFLICTING PAIN' THAT LEAVES CUTS, BRUISES AND SCARS, IS TAKEN AS A FORM OF HATRED FROM YOU, NOT A LOVING PARENT.

Anonymous - 2/24/2014 4:14 PM
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Most people who don't believe in corporal punishment are easy to spot. They are the ones with the whining screaming kids who make scenes at the stores, airports and restaurants. Or they have no kids at all. The belt isn't the problem. It's the red marks up and down the back. That is abuse because it shows the grandma was out of control. Corporal punishment is on the seat of the pants only.

king kaos - 2/24/2014 4:10 PM
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There is nothing that a 6 year old could have possibly done to deserve a beating with a belt. Im all for discipline but to this level and this violent against such a young child is inexcusable and disgusting. How about 50 lashings for every mark she left of the baby girl? I know we dont have any pictures of her in a football uniform when she was 2 or hanging with her homies laughing and all but this is really just a baby. Anything she could have done that was that terrible would be a direct result of the crappy parenting this person or her son\daughter are doing. Did she touch a pot of boiling water? Shes 6 and they should have taught her not to do that by 2-3. Was she playing with a loaded gun and shot a hole in the wall next to this scumbag trailer trash low lifes head? What was a loaded gun doing where she could reach it and if shes around guns why doesnt she know gun safety? You are never to young to know gun safety if they are around and my sons and daughters are all versed in gun safety from the time they can walk. See my point? What could this 6 year old baby girl have ever done to deserve something like this? Simply nothing. This piece of turd should be beat to within and inch of her life and then beat some more. Poor little angel...

imtellin - 2/24/2014 3:28 PM
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what trailer park does granny live in ??? while she's in lockup, the neighbors will rob her of what little she has, if anything...

taylor tot - 2/24/2014 2:47 PM
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If it is ok for Grandma to do this, then why did she tell the Mom the fell on a toy?

coliebug 85 - 2/24/2014 2:27 PM
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All I can say is did little six old do something horrible that the grandmother had to beat her with a belt.We don't know the full story and I what if it turned out the mom did the beating and she told the little girl if someone ask you what happened to your back tell them your grandmother did this to you.But I know for a fact I whipped with a belt growing up and when I was with grandparents if I did wrong I whipped with a switch off of the tree out front.So what if she whipped with a belt because I know jumping all around and I marks and my teacher would ask what happened and I would tell her I lied to my parents or I did something I wasn't suppose to do.They never one called anyone on my parents.But things are different now and days.

Realchange - 2/24/2014 2:04 PM
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Not enough information to determine if it's child abuse or discipline. If the child did something very bad it could be discipline. If the child did something stupid but not intentional then it's child abuse. What was the beating for? Sometimes parent or grandparents aim for the kids behind but the child moves, who wouldn't move, resulting in hitting the back some. It should be investigated but this state is facist in how it deals with things. One only has to look at what police can get away with, and ex-police, to understand once your charged you ARE GUILTY regardless of the evidence.
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