Bell County grandmother charged with abusing children

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WKYT) - A Bell County woman faces charges after police say she abused her grandchildren.

Middlesboro Police say a family member tipped them off that Joy Michelle Freeman's grandchildren were in danger.

Police say the 45-year-old hit the children with a belt, smacked them in the face, and threatened them with a hammer and a knife.

Police say Freeman also told the children that she would hurt them again if they told anyone.

Police say Freeman also hit a police officer when she was arrested.

Freeman has been charged with child abuse and assault.

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