Phoenix woman accused of child abuse for spanking 2 grandchildren with a belt in front of mom

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PHOENIX — A woman is accused of child abuse for allegedly spanking her two grandchildren with a belt in front of the children's mother, who also has been arrested.

Phoenix police say 43-year-old Stacy Hamby and 24-year-old Laura Hamby both are being held on two counts of felony child abuse.

Their bond was set Monday at $25,000 apiece at their initial court appearance. Neither woman has a lawyer yet.

Police say they were called by authorities at the girls' elementary school after a nurse found bruises on the children's buttocks and thighs Wednesday.

The girls— ages 6 and 8 — say they were punished by their grandmother for not going to sleep at their apartment.

Stacy Hamby reportedly told police she was upset at the girls' behavior and was under some stress.

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