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Mother accused of wrapping child in cellophane accused of striking officer
Woman charged with obstruction

A Gainesville woman facing a child cruelty charge for allegedly binding her child in cellophane and packing tape gained new charges Thursday after a grand jury indictment.

Grace An, 18, is in the Hall County Jail after being indicted on charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment. The charges stem from an alleged incident Nov. 11, when her 16-month-old son was found wrapped up in the backseat of a car in the Ahaluna Drive area of Gainesville.

An’s attorney Phil Pilgrim Jr. did not return a request for comment Tuesday.

According to Thursday’s indictment, An is accused of felony obstruction of an officer by “clenching her fist and striking (Hall County Sheriff’s Office officer John Bustamante) with her elbow.”

She also faces a charge of simple battery and misdemeanor obstruction for allegedly not following another officer’s verbal commands.

An was accused in the original indictment of depriving the child of oxygen and “blocking the passageways so that temporarily he could not breathe effectively out of his nose or mouth.”

The boy was initially transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center and released to the care of the Division of Family and Children Services.

His hands, mouth and feet were bound in the wrapping materials, according to authorities.

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