Police Investigate Case of Child Abuse

Police Investigate Case of Child Abuse

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Police say early Friday morning in the 7800 block of Howell's Ferry Road, officers responded to a report of a female knocking on a door stating someone was chasing her. Upon arrival, officers observed a four year old female face down in the west bound lane of Howell's Ferry Road and they say her grandmother, Shirley Bowman, was having a psychotic episode.

Officers say they were able to determine the grandmother had strangled the child until the child was unconscious.  The child was transported to the hospital where she is currently in critical condition.  Bowman was arrested and charged with Aggravated Child Abuse.  After presenting the evidence to the District Attorney's office, Bowman's charge will be Attempt Murder. 

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