Posted at: 09/24/2013 5:49 PM
| Updated at: 09/24/2013 5:50 PM
By: WNYT Staff
SCHENECTADY - A woman on trial for killing her grandson told police she only hit him on the rear end with a back-scratcher.
Gloria Nelligan is accused of beating her eight year old grandson, Sha'hiim, to death in February. On Tuesday, part of her taped police interview was played in court.
She said she wanted to discipline the boy because she caught him stealing.
She says she spanked him with a back-scratcher and that the eight-year-old smashed his own face on the kitchen floor and hit his head in the bathroom.