Buford woman charged with biting, blowing smoke at daughters

BUFORD -- A Buford woman has been charged with abusing her two young daughters while another child watched.

Cia Dante Brown, 34, was arrested Thursday and charged with separate counts of first-degree, second-degree and third-degree child cruelty. Gwinnett County jail records show she is being held without bond.

According to warrants for her arrest, a pair of mid-afternoon actions at an apartment off of Mall of Georgia Boulevard are the cause of Brown's arrest. Warrants allege that Brown bit her 13-year-old daughter on the arm at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, "leaving a full bite mark and causing swelling."

Around the same time, police said Brown blew cigarette smoke "in the face of her 10-year-old daughter." The smoke caused the young girl to have an asthma attack, authorities said.

Both incidents allegedly occurred in the presence of another child, whose sex and age were unclear Friday.

Georgia code calls for first-degree cruelty to children charges when a person "maliciously causes a child under the age of 18 cruel or excessive physical or mental pain." Second-degree cruelty to children typically involves criminal negligence (i.e. the alleged cigarette smoke). Third-degree child cruelty involves allowing other children to observe battery or another felony.

All but the latter are felonies.


kevin 3 years ago

If blowing smoke into another's face is a crime, we should shut done all the bars in metro Atlanta. This law can't be any more stupid then it is. IF this person already smokes in the house, the kid is exposed to smoke 24/7. Every smoking parent could be charged with this. I guess she will get jail time, while a person stealing $30,000 from committing welfare fraud just gets probation. Like always, no real justice in this country.


mustardandbiscuit 3 years ago

I think it was the BITING and the fact that the smoke (which most likely happened more than once) triggered an ASTHMA ATTACK that did it, Kevin. Any more stupid questions?


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