Grandmother says child was hit with belt for playing with her hair

akelley@thesunnews.comApril 2, 2013 

— A man was arrested two days after a Myrtle Beach grandmother went to the Myrtle Beach police department Sunday to report bruises on her 6-year-old granddaughter, according to a city police report.

Alexie Nestro Osvaldo Williams, 27, of Myrtle Beach is charged with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person.

The grandmother, 49, said she asked the girl to get ready for her evening bath when she noticed the bruising and said the girl explained Williams had “popped her,” the report said.

The grandmother also said Williams’ girlfriend had put the girl’s hair in pigtails and hit her with a belt every time she tried to played with her hair or removed the hair ties, police said.

Police said the child confirmed everything the grandmother said and did not change her story, though her statements seemed “rehearsed.” Officers also noted the child had a bruise on her left arm that may have been caused by a belt. There were also bruises on her inner thighs.

The grandmother said she has shared custody of the girl and is supposed to have the child Monday through Wednesday while Williams has custody Thursday through Sunday, but that they haven’t been following the court assigned days. Instead, she told police she has the girl Friday through Sunday and Williams has the girl Sunday evening through Thursday.

Police listed an unnamed woman as a second suspect in the case. It is not clear who that woman is, or if an arrest is pending.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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