A 70-year-old Monroe woman turned herself in to authorities on July 4, 2017 after Monroe Police Department put out a BOLO (be on the lookout) for the great grandmother. She was wanted on several child abuse charges relating to her great-grandchildren. Public Safety Director Keith Glass said that Brenda Faye Brown turned herself in Tuesday to the Walton County Detention Center. He said the pressure from the media attention prompted her to surrender to authorities. He also thanked the Putnam and Hall County Sheriffs’ offices for their assistance.
Brown is charged with five counts of family violence battery, two counts of cruelty to children in the third degree and three counts of cruelty to children in the first degree.
The alleged abuse was brought to light about two weeks ago when a when a Sheriff’s Deputy reported to the Monroe Police Department that he’d received a report from the grandmother of the three children that their great-grandmother, whom they lived with, “beat them and starved them on a regular basis.” The officer, the deputy and a member of the Department of Family and Children Services went to the residence to investigate. According to the MPD police reports, “all three children appeared to be severely underweight and had marks and/or bruises on their bodies.” At that time, the children were removed from the home and placed in the custody of their grandmother and warrants were taken on Brown.
The children are now under the custody of DFACS.