A Gainesville woman remains in the Hall County Jail, charged with the abuse of a 12-year-old boy.
The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) of the Hall County Sheriff's Office began investigating the reported abusive activity in November 2018.
Deputies were alerted to the alleged abuse by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS).
The investigation revealed Katie Lynn LeVake, 35, struck the boy with a cell phone charger, leaving severe bruises and lacerations on his leg. Investigators also found evidence that LeVake placed her hands on the boy's throat, strangling him and restricting his breathing. In addition, LeVake is accused of withholding food from the victim, restricting him to a single room in the home and referring to him as an inmate.
The alleged incidents occurred between Sept. 1, 2018 and Nov. 27, 2018, according to the investigation.
LeVake was arrested on Jan. 10, 2019 at a residence on Poplar Springs Drive. She remained in jail without bond on Monday, Jan. 14.