Woman arrested for encouraging her granddaughter to commit suicide

Yvette Lucas  
By: Eva Fett 

(Scroll down for video) Police arrested a woman who they say encouraged her granddaughter to commit suicide, according to a police report.

A Henry County woman has been charged with cruelty to children in the first degree after police said she encouraged her granddaughter to take her own life.

Yvette Lucas, 51, was released from the Henry County Jail on her own recognizance on Thursday. Lucas said her granddaughter was with her in her apartment in McDonough, because the 14-year-old had an argument with her mother.

Police said on Sunday, the teen told her grandmother that she had taken too much Tylenol and wanted to commit suicide. According to a criminal report from Henry County, Lucas encouraged her granddaughter to take even more Tylenol in a suicide attempt. Police said the 14-year-old went to sleep and the next day, a third person stopped by the house, who realized that the girl was not right and called 911.

Lucas denied the charges and said her granddaughter has mental health problems. Police said despite what happened, Lucas should not have allowed the girl to go to bed.

"Even if she did not think her granddaughter would commit suicide she should have taken the responsibility and at least called paramedics to see the child. Obviously the child was agitated and knowing that, Lucas should have at least had the child checked out. That may have avoided most of the police involvement in the case," Police Department Henry County Sgt. Joey Smith said.
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