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NCSO looks into school rape report

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an alleged rape that reportedly occurred on March 17 after school hours at Newton High School.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, the incident involved a female of "early high school age." The sexual assault was not reported to a school resource officer until March 31 by the student's parents, Mitchell said.

The rape was said to have taken place just before 4:30 p.m. "behind the school," Mitchell said.

Newton County Schools spokesman Sherri Davis-Viniard deferred to the NCSO concerning the case.

"The school was not informed of these allegations until approximately one month after the alleged assault, when the parents notified our school resource officers. The sheriff's office is currently handling the investigation," she said.

Mitchell said the NCSO investigation is ongoing.

"Investigators are looking into the particulars of exactly what occurred to see what happened," he said.

In other crime news, Covington Police Department officers were sent by 911 dispatchers to a residence on Greenway Cove around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night with reports that there was a baby at the location whose "face is split open."

According to a CPD incident report, the responding officer arrived and noted the 1-month-old infant's grandmother was holding the baby in her arms covered in a blanket. He asked to see the child and confirmed "the baby had a laceration on its face near the cheek."

An ambulance arrived at the scene and the infant was taken to Egleston Children's Hospital for treatment.

The officer said he later spoke with a physician at Egleston who said the baby "needed seven stitches and had bruising and swelling in the area of the stitches."

Upon questioning family members, the officer reported that the mother of the baby said she didn't know what happened because she was at the store at the time. She said she had left her child in the care of another woman who also had a child and was going to watch both of them.

When the officer questioned the woman, she said that the infant had gotten into a "rash cream and spread it on and around her mouth," and when a male member of the household noticed this, he became angry and began verbally abusing the baby sitter, the report stated.

The baby sitter told the officer she was sitting down when the verbal assault began and when she attempted to stand up, the man pushed her back down and she "fell on top of the baby, causing the laceration," according to the report. The man involved in the fray had left the scene when the police arrived.

The officer said he would be swearing warrants for battery and cruelty to children against the male subject and the investigation into the incident would continue.

Also, the NCSO reported that two middle school female students became involved in an altercation on April 29 at Cousins Middle School.

As officers and school administrators were trying to assess the situation, a parent of one of the students involved in the altercation arrived at the school.

"She became irate as the school resource officer and staff tried to explain an investigation was going on into the altercation," Mitchell said.

The deputy who completed the NCSO incident report said the woman "continuously yelled and demanded that she take her daughter. I explained multiple times that it was an active investigation and that she could not."

The woman was subsequently arrested.

Kynyatta Danielle Weaver, 28, of 9122 Sterling Lake Drive was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Also, the BP station on Ga. Highway 11 in Social Circle was burglarized around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to the NCSO.

Deputies arrived to find the front right door had been broken into and upon reviewing surveillance tape, it reveal two black men driving up to the front of the store and throwing something at the door to break it.

"They entered the store and took cigarettes and lottery cards," the incident report states, adding they left the store after being inside a few minutes.

Mitchell said the tape revealed the vehicle was white and that one of the men was of medium build and had facial hair, while the other was thin and wearing a green shirt and blue jeans. The car left headed in the direction of I-20.

"We're trying to ascertain exactly what is missing and what happened," Mitchell said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400.

Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through the Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tips." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.