Police arrested an Oklahoma City woman accused of dressing up as a witch and torturing her 7-year-old granddaughter as punishment.
The child told investigators that her grandmother, 49-year-old Geneva Robinson, put on a green mask, took her to the garage, bound her wrists, and made her sleep on a pair of pants when “she was in trouble.”
Police said the girl appeared to be malnourished and had numerous burns and bruises, and her wrists and ankles had infected cuts and other wounds that suggested she had been bound, reported KFOR-TV.
The girl said “Nelda” the witch hung her from underneath her arms from the garage ceiling with a pink dog leash and warned “the creatures in the attic were going to come get her,” police said.
Neighbors said they’ve never seen suspicious behavior at the house.
“If it wasn’t serious, it would be laughable,” said neighbor Tracie Spillman. “I can’t believe it. I just think that’s not true.”
A man who lives at the house said the girl was troubled and denied Robinson dressed up as a witch, but police said they found evidence to back the child’s claims.
“The evidence at the scene corroborated what she was saying,” said Sgt. Gary Knight, of Oklahoma City police. “There were whips and chains and a witch’s hat found there, just a completely horrible situation for a child to be in.”
Police opened the investigation after Robinson tried to take the child to an area hospital, saying she could no longer control the girl.
They said another adult who lived at the home told them Robinson had previously dressed up as a witch and regularly kicked him in the genitals.
Robinson remains jailed on $10,000 bond.
Four children who lived in the home were placed in protective custody.
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