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Mother indicted in case of child bound with tape, cellophane
An, 18, charged with aggravated assault, first-degree child cruelty, false imprisonment
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Grace An

A Gainesville woman was indicted Jan. 11 in a case involving her 16-month-old boy found by authorities in the back of car tied up with cellophane and packing tape.

Grace An, 18, faces charges of aggravated assault, first-degree child cruelty and false imprisonment.

An attempt to reach her attorney Phil Pilgrim Jr. for comment was unsuccessful.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office Deputies reported to a suspicious activity report Nov. 11 in the Ahaluna Drive area of Gainesville.

The toddler’s hands, mouth and feet were bound in cellophane and packing tape, according to authorities.

The boy was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, where he was treated and released to the care of the Division of Family and Children Services.

An, the child’s mother, was initially charged with reckless conduct by the Sheriff’s Office. The charge was later increased to aggravated assault at Magistrate Court.

According to the indictment, An is accused of “depriving the victim of oxygen and blocking the passageways so that temporarily he could not breathe effectively out of his nose or mouth” by alleged use of the packing tape and plastic wrap.

An faces an additional second-degree child cruelty charge for alleged criminal negligence for the child.

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