Randolph County deputies have arrested a woman they say abused her son and daughter.
Deputies went to Midland View Apartments in Beverly on March 29, 2017 for a welfare check after a boy told his grandparents his mother, 31-year-old Elizabeth Hawkins, punched him in the face. The grandmother told police that Xanax was having a negative effect on Hawkins, and she was taking the anger out on her children, according to a criminal complaint. The children’s father reported child abuse to Child Protective Services the next day, deputies said.
On May 7, 2017, deputies received a call from the children’s father. The father was disturbed after watching his son play in a baseball game, deputies said. The son was said to have had noticeable red marks on his face and bruising, according to a criminal complaint. Deputies advised the father to let the CPS investigation run its course and to fully cooperate.
After investigating for nearly two months, deputies were called on June 24, 2017 because the daughter was attacked by her mother and was scared for her life, deputies said. The daughter went to a neighbor’s house to stay there for the night, according to a criminal complaint. The daughter told her father that she had scratch marks where she was attacked by Hawkins, and she had been thrown against the wall and had her hair pulled, deputies said.
Deputies went to Midland View Apartments on June 24 to speak with the daughter. She told deputies that Hawkins had been hurting her and her brother for months, according to a criminal complaint. The daughter did have have scratch marks on her arm when deputies were speaking with her, deputies said. The daughter told deputies that when she would try to tell her father about the abuse, Hawkins would take the phone away. The girl also told deputies that she and her brother had been threatened with violence if they were to tell others about the abuse, deputies said. The daughter then told deputies that Hawkins had been abusing pills and blames her for the addiction, according to a criminal complaint.
Deputies arrested Hawkins on June 24 on a misdemeanor child abuse charge. The children were then placed in the custody of their father, and a protective order was issued against Hawkins, according to a criminal complaint.
On June 28, 2017, the children were taken to the Children’s Advocacy Center to be interviewed about the abuse, deputies said. CAC determined that the children had been abused and neglected over a four year period starting in 2013 at the least, according to a criminal complaint. The daughter told CAC that the abuse started shortly after Hawkins began abusing her prescription pills. The children told CAC that Hawkins often made them miss school and sporting events until their injuries were no longer visible, deputies said. The children also told CAC that Hawkins would brag to family members that she was getting away with the abuse, according to a criminal complaint.
During the interview with CAC, the children stated that Hawkins would threaten to kill herself and the children’s father with a handgun if they were ever taken from her, deputies said. Hawkins would allegedly threaten to do this so that the children would have to live with the guilt that it was their fault, according to a criminal complaint. The daughter also mentioned that when her mom would be stopped by police, Hawkins would hand the daughter her drugs because “why would a cop search me?” The children also mentioned that they had been consuming alcohol, specifically moonshine, with Hawkins. The most recent consumption had been during an eighth-grade graduation party that Hawkins had set up with other family members, deputies said.
Deputies said the children were also exposed to regular drug usage. The daughter told CAC that she remembered Hawkins rolling up money to snort her prescription pills at the daughter’s dentist appointment, deputies said. The daughter said Hawkins would often pass out and not be able to drive once she had abused the pills. The daughter began driving her mother around at age 10 due to her mother’s drug problem, according to a criminal complaint. The children also stated that they were often driven to drug dealers’ houses and made to wait in the vehicle until she returned. They said that they felt unsafe and often had to wait for “long periods of time,” deputies said.
The children told CAC that Hawkins would have multiple men over who would bring needles and participate in illegal drug use, according to a criminal complaint. The daughter told CAC that needles could be found throughout the house. The daughter also mentioned that one man would often ask Hawkins to buy weapons for him as he was a prohibited person from possessing a firearm, according to deputies. The daughter stated that she would find the same man watching her sleep and getting into her underwear dresser. When the daughter told Hawkins about the man, Hawkins would laugh it off, deputies said.
Hawkins is charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of child neglect.