Shattering the image of the kind and loving grandmother, a Chicago woman has been charged with burning, biting and beating the very grandchildren she was expected to protect.
Police say the 6-year-old grandson and 5-year-old granddaughter of Goldine Williams, 47, were beaten with items like extension cords and accessories from a Halloween costume, burned with hair irons, scratched, bitten and even forced to eat cat food, the Chicago Tribune reports.
According to ABC Chicago, the abuse took place in October and at a different home than the South Shore apartment where Williams was living at the time of her arrest.
The Department of Children and Family Services said the kids had been taken from their biological mom in 2008 after "sustained claims of abuse and neglect," reports Fox Chicago. DCFS put the two children in Williams' care and worked with her until she was given guardianship in 2011, according to DCFS spokesman Jimmie Whitelow.
The two youngsters are with different relatives now, according to CBS Chicago. Meanwhile, Williams will sit behind bars, held in lieu of $200,000 bond on charges of aggravated battery to a child.