(MCT) — Two children, 5 and 6, who had been removed from their mother because of abuse and neglect were beaten, burned and bitten last month by their grandmother, who had been appointed their guardian, authorities said.
Goldine Williams, 47, of the 7500 block of South Kingston Avenue, was ordered held on $200,000 today on charges of aggravated battery to a child.
Williams hit the boy, 6, with a plastic sword cover from his Halloween costume, beat him with an extension cord and burned him with a hair iron all over his body, according to a police report.
She also burned her granddaughter, 5, and bit and scratched her, according to the report.
The children told police they were forced to eat cat food, the report said.
The abuse occurred on Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 in the 1400 block of East 68th Street in Chicago, authorities said. The abuse was reported to police on Nov. 2, police said.
State child welfare authorities have had prior contact with the family, according to Illinois Department of Children and Family Services spokesman Jimmie Whitelow.
In December of 2008, DCFS received a call on its child abuse hotline about the biological mother of the two children, said Whitelow.
When claims of neglect and abuse against the mother were substantiated later that month, the children were placed into the care of Williams, said Whitelow.
DCFS provided services to help Williams care for them, and the court granted Williams guardianship of the two on Dec. 13, 2011, he said.
No other children were in the household. As of Thursday night, the children are in the care of other relatives, Whitelow said.
Tribune reporter Jason Meisner contributed to this report.