• Normandy woman accused of abusing disabled teen

    By: Ryan Nelson , Action News Jax


    Twala McLaurin is accused of abusing a 16-year-old disabled teen.

    He was found with a swollen left eye and slight bruising on his face according to an arrest warrant affidavit. 

    “She would be the last person that I think would do that,” said McLaurin’s neighbor who didn’t want to be identified. “I mean the last person.” 

    The affidavit does not state where the alleged crime happened. Action News Jax called the Clay County Sheriff’s office, asking if they could provide this information, however they said they were unable to do so. 

    “I would venture to say that that’s something that’s going to be found that’s not true,” said the neighbor. “...I know her.”

    The arrest report states McLaurin works for a local service provider and school for people with special needs called the “May Institute.”

    Action News Jax was told someone would reach us for comment. They have not done so as of yet.

    McLaurin’s neighbor confirmed to Action News Jax the accused works as a service provider for children with special needs.

    However she could not confirm if she worked at May Institute. 

    McLaurin turned herself into the Clay County  Sheriff’s office. Clay County records showed McLaurin had been released. 

    We went to McLaurin’s last known address.

    A man answered the door, before walking away briefly, yelling the first name of the accused, “Twala!” 

    He returned moments stating they had no comment.

    When asked if the allegations were true, he shouted "No!" and slammed the door shut. 

    The neighbor who didn’t want to be identified has teenage sons of her own. She maintains her opinion of McLaurin in light of the allegations remains the same. 

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