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Police: Woman Forces Niece To Kneel On Cheese Grater For Hours As Punishment

May 3, 2013

Originally posted on CBS Tampa:

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A local woman was arrested after she reportedly punished her niece for missing school by forcing her to kneel on a metal cheese grater for hours at a time.

The 17-year-old niece of Yolanda Jean-Baptiste, 36, first told Boynton Beach police of the unorthodox punishment on Tuesday, the Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting.

According to the high school student, the trouble began when a letter was sent home to her aunt after she had missed 10 classes over the course of the semester.

After reading of her niece’s truancy, Jean-Baptiste reportedly forced her to kneel on a metal cheese grater for six hours on Saturday. She made the child do so again for an additional three hours on Monday. Jean-Baptiste also threatened to poke the child’s eyes out if she told police, and made use of a belt while punishing her as well.

Local authorities told the paper that they…

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