Babysitter Arrested for Allegedly Strangling 1-Year-Old

A Georgia babysitter, 23-year-old Abby Elizabeth Chosewood, was arrested last week following allegations of severe child abuse. Chosewood is accused of suffocating or strangling a one-year-old child she was babysitting earlier this year, causing serious injuries. The charges against her include one count of felony cruelty to children and one count of felony aggravated assault.

The Gainesville Police Department announced the charges against Chosewood in a social media post last Tuesday. The post detailed that the alleged incident occurred in February 2023, and Chosewood was taken into custody over the weekend. The charges include felony cruelty to children and felony aggravated assault.

Following her arrest, Chosewood was transported to the Hall County Jail. She remained in detention over the weekend and was released on Monday after posting a bond of $27,900. The arrest came after several months of investigation into the incident by local authorities.

The Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV reported that the initial incident took place in February 2023. However, many questions remain unanswered. Gainesville Police Department Lt. Kevin Holbrook expressed the department’s frustration and confusion over the incident, stating that the motive behind the alleged attack remains unclear.

Holbrook also mentioned that the family did not have any surveillance devices, such as a nanny camera, that could have captured the alleged attack. Without any recorded evidence, it took investigators nearly six months to build a case against Chosewood.

This is not Chosewood’s first encounter with law enforcement. WSB-TV reported that she was previously arrested in Bulloch County, Georgia, for allegedly stealing a woman’s debit card and using it for personal online purchases in April 2021. In September 2022, Chosewood pleaded guilty to one count of financial transaction card theft and two counts of financial transaction card fraud related to this case. She was subsequently sentenced to two years of probation.

Chosewood’s attorney declined to comment on her case when approached by a WSB reporter.