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UPDATE: Charges dropped against grandmother who used switch as punishment

Norma Toussaint shows how she pulled a switch from her front yard and punished her great-granddaughter. (Source: KARK-TV) Norma Toussaint shows how she pulled a switch from her front yard and punished her great-granddaughter. (Source: KARK-TV)
Grandmother stands in front yard and defends the punishment she used on her great-granddaughter. (Source: KARK-TV) Grandmother stands in front yard and defends the punishment she used on her great-granddaughter. (Source: KARK-TV)
Norma Toussaint booked into the Garland County Detention Center after being arrested. (Source: Garland County Sheriff's Office) Norma Toussaint booked into the Garland County Detention Center after being arrested. (Source: Garland County Sheriff's Office)
HOT SPRINGS, AR (KAIT/KARK) -

UPDATE, June 30: The Hot Springs Police Department will not press charges against a woman accused of using a switch to discipline her grandchild.

The department stated in a press release Thursday that it and the Garland County Prosecutor's Office "concluded that there was no intent on behalf of Ms. [Norma] Toussaint to cause physical injury to her granddaughter."

Instead, it was determined her intent was to discipline the child and "not cause physical injury within the meaning of the criminal code."

Based on this information, the charges were dismissed.


It’s a punishment many people may remember: a parent or grandparent using a switch to discipline a child.

For an Arkansas grandmother, however, that punishment landed her in jail.

According to KARK-TV, 70-year-old Norma Toussaint of Hot Springs faces a battery charge.

Toussaint said she pulled a switch off of the hedges in her front yard, stripped the leaves and used it to punish her 12-year-old great-granddaughter.

The girl called 911 and police arrested the grandmother.

"They do this to you. They think they can do anything with it and get away with it," Toussaint told KARK-TV .

Toussaint has a court date in July. She also has a no contact order with the 12-year-old.

Toussaint said she likely won’t use a switch to punish a child again.

“I don’t think I want to go to jail again,” Toussaint told KARK-TV. “She got to learn some kind of authority.”

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