MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A South Dade woman was taken into custody after she reportedly bashed her 10-year old great granddaughter’s head with a hammer.
Iona Aiken, 79, has been charged with aggravated child abuse.
Aiken, her daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter all live in the same home.
The girl told police she was sitting in the living room of her home in the 1400 block of Madison Street in Richmond Heights listening to music on her headphones and playing with her tablet when Aiken came up and hit repeatedly with a hammer without any reason or warning. Aiken hit the girl four times on the head and once in the shoulder with the hammer, according to her arrest report.
The hammer blows gashed the girl’s head and gave her a concussion.
The girl managed to escape the attack and ran screaming for her mother. Her mother told her to get out of the house and then disarmed Aiken. She then ran to a neighbor’s house and called police.
Dora Anderson, 88, said she helped stop the girl’s bleeding.
“Somewhere, right in here, over here,” said Anderson pointing to her head, “I put the ice here, it was between the hairline and here, it was a gash.”
The girl was taken to Baptist Hospital.
Aiken was arrested and taken to the county’s jail.
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