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January 10, 2014

Woman sentenced to community service, anger management in face-grabbing case

A Dalton woman who was charged in October with crimes that involved grabbing a 13-year-old’s face at a football game has been ordered to attend anger management classes and complete 20 hours of community service.

In a negotiated plea in Whitfield County Superior Court, charges of battery and simple battery were dropped, and Lana Weaver Blaylock, 53, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for her actions at a football game at Harmon Field.

According to reports, a 13-year-old boy she confronted sustained scratches to his face, but Blaylock said she never intended to hurt the child. Blaylock said she verbally confronted him after getting information from others that the boy was egging on a fight that occurred earlier between two other kids and that he had bullied the other kids.

Blaylock said she grabbed the boy’s face and pushed him a little after she became afraid because he butted her chest with his belly and was cussing under his breath.

According to a Dalton Police Department report, a witness contacted authorities to report that Blaylock grabbed the boy “by the face, called him a fat pig, and made him cry.” The boy’s parents said he sustained fingernail scratches that had to be treated with a topical antibiotic. Some witnesses said Blaylock was cussing at the boy.

Blaylock’s attorney, Todd Ray, said she has apologized to the family of the 13-year-old and is ready to move on.

“I don’t think there was any intent to actually hurt the child but (she) might have been a little louder than she should have been, might have used some language that she shouldn’t have used,” Ray said.

District Attorney Bert Poston said an apology to the victim and his family was part of the plea agreement.

“The plea was worked out with the victim’s family and they supported this resolution of the case and were present in court on Tuesday when the plea occurred,” Poston said.

Blaylock was sentenced to a year on probation, but that will be suspended if she successfully completes the community service requirement and anger management classes.

Blaylock said she was innocent of the accusations and had hoped to help steer the boy back in the right direction for his own good, but she didn’t want to continue fighting the case in court.

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