|Kids had scratches in their scalps from hair being pulled out|
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Penhook woman faces up to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday in Franklin County Circuit Court to abusing her four grandchildren.
Andrea Aldaba, 42, pleaded guilty to causing bodily injury to a child, four counts of abuse and neglect, and two counts of assault and battery.
Prosecutor Patrick Nix said the abuse committed by Aldaba involved her four grandchildren for whom she was the caregiver. The children range in age from 5 to 9 years old.
The abuse occurred between September and October 2013, Nix said.
The children are now in custody of Child Protective Services.
A social worker who examined the children said the children had multiple bruises on their bodies, scratches throughout their scalps, caused by their hair being pulled out, and swollen hands, according to Nix. Two of the children had red spots in their eyes that were believed to be the result of blunt force trauma.
When the social worker visited the residence where Aldaba and the children were living, the home was cluttered with debris and other safety hazards, she said. Also, there was a strong urine smell on some items in the home. The four children were also dirty and their clothes were dirty.
Aldaba, who was denied bond earlier, will remain in the Western Virginia Regional Jail until her sentencing hearing on Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. in circuit court.