Mother accused of sitting on child’s head indicted

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) – Prosecutors say a suburban Atlanta woman accused of sitting on her 2-year-old son’s head to gain his submission has been indicted on a charge of first-degree child cruelty.

News outlets report the Cobb County District Attorney’s office said Wednesday a grand jury returned the charge against Susan Elizabeth Kelley on March 23. An arrest warrant states Kelley placed a towel on a wooden dining chair, put her son’s head on the towel and sat on him for about an hour on May 11.

The warrant states Kelley told police she sat on her son to “gain submission” from him.

The boy became unresponsive and was taken to a children’s hospital in Atlanta.

Kelley’s attorney, Maddox Kilgore, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he will enter a not guilty plea for his client. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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