McLean indicted on more child cruelty counts

McLean

THOMASVILLE — An educator indicted on 15 counts last week in a child cruelty case at her Thomasville private school has been indicted on three additional counts.

Thomas County grand jurors Thursday returned indictments on three additional counts of cruelty to children in the first degree on Favor Christian Academy administrator Dr. Linda McLean.

The new indictments resulted from continued viewing of surveillance video from the North Broad Street school.

Last week, McLean was indicted on eight counts of cruelty to children in the first degree, four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple battery and one count each of aggravated stalking and battery.

McLean was charged in September 2016 with first-degree child cruelty involving a child at her school. A witness told police McLean struck and choked a child.

The indictment says McLean struck a child repeatedly with a ruler.

McLean also is alleged to have grabbed a child and violently shaken her in one of the accounts of aggravated assault.

She also is alleged to have grabbed a child by the throat and pushed him into furniture, pinning him down. McLean also is charged with whipping a child with a belt in front of other students.

McLean, who was earlier released from jail on a $50,000 bond, will be arraigned Monday, Aug 21. 

 Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820 

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