North Carolina woman charged with beating her granddaughter to death

A North Carolina woman has been accused of beating her young granddaughter so badly the girl died later in hospital on Tuesday.

Around 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, “the Nash County Sheriff’s Office has been notified that a minor was brought to Nash UNC Healthcare ER with serious injuries and died upon arrival,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

Deputies said they were initially told the child was 13, later learning she was just eight, ABC 11 reported.
A subsequent investigation revealed that the child resided in Nashville in the 5000 block of Dutchman Road, according to the sheriff’s office. Detectives learned the girl had lived with her grandmother, Patricia Ann Ricks, 72, who was her legal guardian.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation indicated the child had been “beaten so badly[ly] by the grandmother that she died of her injuries.

Facebook job explains that after Ricks was taken to the sheriff’s office, she “gave no statement” to detectives, who “know no motive for this crime”.

Ricks has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse with grievous bodily harm, according to the sheriff’s office. She is being held without bail at the Nash County Detention Center, where she is awaiting her first appearance in Nash County District Court on Thursday.

The sheriff’s office noted that the girl’s siblings, who also resided with Ricks, were taken into the custody of the Nash County Department of Social Services.

In an unrelated incident in April, a Louisiana woman, Roxanne Record, 53, was arrested for first-degree murder after she allegedly forced her four-year-old granddaughter to drink whiskey from a bottle resulting in her death of the child, as Breitbart News reported.

The child’s mother, Kadjah Record, 28, reportedly watched but did not intervene and was also charged with first degree murder.


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