Mother charged with forcing girls to fight

By Kathy Jefcoats


JONESBORO — A Riverdale woman on probation from a 2008 case involving child cruelty has been charged with forcing her daughter and another girl to fist fight inside an apartment.

Forest Park police said the alleged fight was videotaped.

April Kyanna McCrimon, 32, is charged with violation of First Offender probation, simple battery, false imprisonment, child cruelty and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail on the more serious charges.

Police said McCrimon forced her daughter and another girl, both 11, to fight to settle an argument. Police said the girls hit and punched each other and pulled each other's hair inside an apartment. Police said others blocked the door and McCrimon refused to let the girl leave until she fought.

McCrimon is also charged with pulling the other girl's hair. Police said someone videotaped the alleged brawl and the other girl suffered bruises around her eyes.

Court records show McCrimon is the focus of a September open investigation by Cobb County Department of Family and Children's Services.

Clayton County Superior Court records show McCrimon pleaded as a First Offender in November 2008 to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, battery and child cruelty. She was sentenced to seven years probation and ordered to undergo mental health counseling and to take all medication prescribed to her by a doctor.

Within 30 days, McCrimon was to complete programs addressing family violence intervention program and anger management. She was also ordered to not have violent contact with three children, one of whom is named in the latest allegation. The other two were victims in the 2008 case.

Police said McCrimon beat one of the children, a 9-year-old, leaving bruises across her back and thighs. The other child, 11, was beaten with a broom in the face and about her body.

If a judge finds she violated her First Offender probation, McCrimon could serve seven years in prison on the 2008 conviction.

Defendants should be considered innocent until proven guilty.


MD 2 years, 7 months ago

This par for the course in this county these days.Baby machines that should have never had kids.


OscarKnight 2 years, 7 months ago

....And Imagine this; There are those that blames violence on firearms, or vice versa.


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