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Woman accused of strangling 12-year-old boy, withholding food
Katie Lynn LeVake

A Gainesville woman is accused of strangling a 12-year-old boy and referring to him “as an inmate,” according to authorities.

The Division of Family and Children Services referred an alleged abuse case involving the boy to Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputies in November 2018.

According to sheriff’s office spokesman Derreck Booth, investigators found the boy was allegedly struck with a cellphone charger by Katie Lynn LeVake, 35, which resulted “in severe bruises and lacerations on his leg.”

Booth said LeVake and the boy “were known to one another,” but the sheriff’s office declined to elaborate further on their relationship.

LeVake is also accused of strangling the boy with her hands to where he could not breathe, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Investigators also determined that LeVake withheld food from the victim, restricted him to a room in his home and referred to him as an inmate,” Booth wrote in a news release, adding this allegedly happened between Sept. 1 and Nov. 27.

LeVake was arrested at her residence Jan. 10 and charged with two counts of first-degree child cruelty and aggravated assault under the Family Violence Act. She was booked that day in to the Hall County Jail.

No bond has been set in her case, and defense attorney Brett Willis declined to comment.

The case is still under investigation.

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