PIQUA — A Piqua woman is accused of abusing children after they were afraid to leave school on Monday.
Brandy L. Lewis, 37, was charged with third-degree felony child abuse on Wednesday. The alleged abuse was first reported by Piqua City Schools.
According to Miami County Municipal Court records, Lewis is being accused of excessively disciplining the victims after an incident in which a dog bit one of the victims. After finding out about the incident, Lewis allegedly grabbed one child by the throat and threw the child onto the couch by the child’s hair. Lewis also allegedly “smacked” another child in the mouth, according to court records.
When questioned, Lewis denied committing those actions, saying she only spanked the victims to discipline them.
On separate occasions, Lewis was accused of pulling the victims’ hair or spanking them with a belt.
Lewis was arraigned on Wednesday. Her bond was set at $25,000, and she posted surety bond on Wednesday. A preliminary hearing for Lewis was scheduled for Oct. 12.
In other news:
• Garland T. Canter, 49, of Piqua, was charged with fifth-degree felony vandalism after allegedly breaking a window on a door at the Piqua Police Department on Tuesday evening at around 9:45 p.m. According to court records, after Canter reportedly broke the window, an officer found Canter and pointed a Taser at him, instructing Canter to show the officer his hands. Canter then reportedly started yelling at the officer to kill him.
Canter was incarcerated at the Miami County Jail and arraigned Wednesday. His bond was set at $5,000. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 12.
• Joshua M. McGlaughlin, 31, of Piqua, was arraigned this week on fifth-degree felony forgery. According to court records, McGlaughlin is accused of taking part in cashing fradulent checks at Ulbrich’s Market in May.
Also in connection with this incident, Jamie A. Elliott, 35, of Troy, was charged with fifth-degree felony forgery and fifth-degree felony identity theft. Shaun L. Jones, 47, of Sidney, was also charged with fifth-degree felony forgery.
McGlaughlin was also charged with two separate counts of fifth-degree felony in Troy for incidents in June and July. Warrants for his arrest were previously issued in September.
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