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On 6/27/2016, Hot Springs Police Officer Rodgers responded to a call in reference to a disturbance in the 100 Block of Dawer Street.
Officer Rodgers arrived on the scene and made contact with a 12-year-old juvenile victim. The juvenile stated to police that her grandmother and guardian, identified as Norma Toussaint, 70, of Hot Springs, had become angry after the juvenile victim had not thrown food away as directed while in their apartment. The juvenile victim further stated that Ms. Toussaint had allegedly hit her multiple times on the left arm with a switch taken from a bush in the front yard. The juvenile did have visible whelps on the left arm. The skin had been broken but was not actively bleeding.
Officer Rodgers spoke with Ms. Toussaint who stated that the juvenile was talking back to her and would not stop so she punished her. Ms. Toussaint allegedly gave the same facts as her juvenile grandchild. An unnamed witness who was at the scene also stated similar facts to Officer Rodgers.
Ms. Toussaint was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center.
She is charged with Domestic Battery in the Second Degree.