Judgement day for a Berea grandmother who assaulted her young grandson.
On February 7th, Christine Bachmann duct-taped her seven-year-old grandson’s hands together behind his back and then to a bedpost. She struck him in the legs and grabbed and twisted the little boy’s genitals.
This, after the little boy tried to kiss and hit his younger stepsister.
Bachmann says she was trying to keep the child from hurting himself when he had a temper tantrum.
Bachmann pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, endangering children and attempted abduction last month, but tried to take back that guilty plea in court on Monday. She claims she didn’t understand what she was doing.
Judge John Russo didn’t buy Bachmann’s excuse, and sent her to the slammer for 60 days.
The little boy’s mother defended Bachmann’s actions when confronted by 19 Action News Reporter Paul Orlousky.
“What’s your reaction?” asked Orlousky.
“It kind of upsets me because I know what her (Bachmann) intention was,” said the victim’s mother, Amy Pongello. “It was never to harm anyone. It was never to punish anyone.”
Bachmann admits to the duct taping the child, but denies that she ever hit the boy or twisted his genitals as he claims.
Judge Russo made an insightful observation. To duct tape the boy, Bachmann had to have some form of control over him already. So if the object was to simply control him, it had already been accomplished and the duct taping was unnecessary.