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Year of probation added for woman convicted of child cruelty
An pleads guilty to battery, obstruction
Grace An

A week after pleading guilty to first-degree child cruelty, a Gainesville woman entered a second guilty plea to two other charges.

Grace An, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to simple battery and misdemeanor obstruction. On Feb. 1, An received an eight-year prison sentence for hog-tying her toddler and leaving him on the floorboard of her car.

The judge in the child cruelty case handed An a 20-year sentence, with the final 12 years on probation. Represented by attorney David Hoffer, An agreed to a deal for an additional 12 months of probation consecutive to her sentence from the child cruelty case.

According to the June indictment, An was accused of striking an officer with her elbow and refusing to follow verbal commands of another officer.

In November 2015, a locksmith discovered a child tied up with tape and cellophane in the Ahaluna Drive area of Gainesville.

The Division of Family and Children Services took custody of An’s son, and the child was adopted by a Flowery Branch couple.

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