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St. Mary’s babysitter faces child cruelty charges after hitting child over pocket knife

Written by L. Chase

Published November 11, 2022 @ 8:12 AM ET

Camden County (August 30, 2022) – Police were called to 100 Mary Powell Drive after a witness called to report a domestic disturbance in the area. Police arrived and were met with a younger female who had been babysitting two children, later identified as Madison Blaylock. She immediately said that “he”, the child she had been babysitting, had tried to stab her with a knife, but she had it now, and no one was hurt. Blaylock also said she “is not putting up with this now.”

Police went to the apartment to investigate the girl’s statements and ensure no one needed help. As they entered, they identified themselves. The left front bedroom door opened, and they met with an 11-year-old boy who seemed distressed and crying. His 10-year-old sister said that the babysitter had just hit him and left. She also said that their mother should be back shortly.

Outside, the children’s mother had arrived home and spoke to Blaylock and a Cumberland Oaks security officer. When police asked Blaylock about the incident, she admitted that she had struck the boy, but it had been self-defense.

Police spoke to the 11-year-old and observed some redness and swelling to his left eye. The boy told officers’ that Blaylock had gone into his sister’s room and retrieved his pocketknife. The boy hadn’t been playing with it but wanted his belongings back. As the boy reached to get his knife back, Blaylock pushed him out of the way and headed towards the front door. Still wanting his belongings back, the boy pursued Blaylock. Blaylock punched him in the left eye and walked out of the front door.

The boy went to his room to retrieve his phone and call his mom when the police arrived. Both children reiterated that neither of them had the knife in their possession during the incident. His sister, who witnessed the incident, also said neither of them had been playing with the knife; Blaylock just took it and said they would hurt themselves.

The children’s mother said she wanted to press charges on Blaylock. Blaylock was arrested for two counts of cruelty to children and battery. Blaylock was transported to Camden County jail without incident.

Officer’s Narrative:
[Please note: The following is a direct transcription from the official initial incident report. The Georgia Gazette does not fix any spelling or grammatical errors that may exist. Any changes or redactions made by our staff are placed inside brackets. Some errors may exist. All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The topics discussed may be sensitive to some readers. Discretion is advised.]

On August 30, 2022, around 8:00 PM I, Sgt Olson, was dispatched to [100 BLOCK] Mary Powell Drive St Marys, GA 31558 (Camden County) Apt. [REDACTED] in reference to third party call about a domestic disturbance. I responded in vehicle #709 with emergency lights and siren.

Upon arrival I observed a white female, later identified as Ms. Madison Blaylock, come from the general area of this apartment. She stated everything is okay he tried to stab me with a knife. She was walking back into the apartment then. She said she had the knife, and no one was hurt. She said she is not putting up with this now, then walked back down the stairs into the parking lot. Not knowing what was going on or who else was involved, I entered the apartment ([REDACTED]) to investigate and make sure if anyone inside needed help.

As I entered, I identified myself by yelling, “St. Marys Police department.” The front left bedroom door opened. I observed a young black male (later I found out he was 11 years old) in emotional distress. He appeared to have been crying. I could not get much from him at this time. His younger (10-year-old) sister stated the babysitter, Madison, just hit him and left. The children were able to tell me their mom just left and would be back very soon.

I walked back outside and found Ms. Blaylock talking with Cumberland Oaks security and a black female, Ms. [REDACTED] (the mom of children). I asked Ms. [REDACTED] to go into her home and I would speak to her in a second. She complied with my wishes. Ms. Blaylock stated she did hit the boy, but it was self-defense. I went inside to talk with mom and the children. I was able to talk with 11-year-old boy and observe redness plus slight puffiness on his left eye. He did not need medical treatment at this time.

He stated Madison went into his sister’s room and took his pocketknife. He said he was not playing with it then. He went to get it back from her. He said all he was doing was trying to reach it. She pushed him out of the way and went to the front door. He said he was only trying to get his belongings back, so he followed her. She hit him in the left face/eye area, then went outside. He said he went to his room, got his phone and was trying to contact his mom when I showed up.

I spoke to his 10-year-old sister who witnessed the incident. She gave the same story. They were not playing with the knife and Madison took it because the kids were going to hurt themselves with it. Both kids stated neither of them had the knife in their possession during this incident. With the statements and evidence, Ms. [REDACTED] stated she would like to press charges. I will be charging Ms. Madison Blaylock and taking out warrants for:

  1. Cruelty to children in the 2nd degree by causing excessive physical and mental pain on a 11-year-old child.
  2. Battery by causing redness and puffiness on this child’s eye area.
  3. Cruelty to children in the 3rd by her being the primary aggressor allowing a child, the 10-year-old sister, to witness battery.

Cpl. Stokes handcuffed Ms. Madison Blaylock and Cpl. Hoster transported her to the Camden County Jail for processing without issues.

[End of Narrative]