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Updated: 9/30/2013 7:47 pm
WINONA, Miss. (WTVA) — Sandra Thomas is accusing police in Winona of abusing her daughter after her arrest Saturday night.

As proof, Thomas showed pictures of Sarah Austin that Thomas says was taken at the Grenada County Jail.

The alleged abuse happened at the Winona Police Department.

"He took her head and slammed it into the wall," said Thomas. "And she told him, 'You slammed my head up against the wall.' And he said, 'Okay, let me do it again.' And he did it again."

"They'll lock me up if I beat my child like that," Thomas continued.

Friends met at Thomas's home Monday to back up her account of what happened.

There was even one girl who did not want to be identified who says she was at the police station when the alleged incident occurred.

"He called her out of her name — the b-word and the m-word or whatever like that," said the girl.

Thomas and police say what led to this entire incident apparently was an altercation in downtown Winona near a store.

According to police, Austin got in two fights at two places.

Police Chief Johnny Hargrove says Austin is charged with resisting arrest, public profanity, two counts of disturbing the peace and trespassing.

Hargrove says Austin broke free from officers after she was initially handcuffed and had to be pinned down.

But he adds things did not happen the way they are being alleged to have happened.

The chief says there's surveillance video from inside the police department that night, and it'll be made available during Austin's scheduled appearance Tuesday in Justice Court.
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