SEATTLE - King County prosecutors have charged a woman with the assault and criminal mistreatment of a 6-year-old child, accusing the woman of beating, starving and possibly injecting her daughter with illicit drugs.
Charging papers say Garlyn Grace was arrested March 1 in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood after her boyfriend called 911 and reported finding the child unresponsive.
FOX 13 spoke with the boyfriend following the news of Grace's arrest. He said he and the suspect were friends and they dated a little. He would let her and her child stay with him, but they did not stay with him full time.
He told FOX 13 that he had no idea the child was in that condition.
"It’s unbelievable that I didn’t catch what was going on until the ambulance, I mean, it was shocking for me," he said. "That was one thing I was never able to see--no scars or anything. Every time she came back around, she always kept her in long sleeves."
Grace remains jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail. She is to be arraigned March 16. It wasn’t immediately known if she has a lawyer to comment on her behalf.
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Christian Brown wrote in charging papers that the girl’s injuries amounted to torture and the abuse had been ongoing since at least January 2019.
"Experts from Seattle Children’s Hospital are working diligently to revive the victim from near-fatal injuries," Brown wrote.
Seattle Fire Department medics found the girl unresponsive with a weak pulse, the charges say. She was revived and told firefighters she was hungry and that "Mommy gives me whoopings," according to the charges.
Firefighters contacted Seattle police and reported the girl appeared malnourished and was covered in bruises.
Doctors documented injuries and signs of starvation and raised concerns about forced illicit drug ingestion because of the girl’s mental state at the hospital and discovery of puncture marks during a physical exam, the charges say.
According to police, Grace claimed the girl’s injuries were self-inflicted.