Grandmother accused of repeatedly beating, threatening granddaughter

By Steve Pope | September 10, 2018

A teenage girl was repeatedly beaten by her grandmother who is also her guardian and told if she reported the alleged abuse to authorities she would be hated for life, police alleged in a criminal complaint.

The teen identified in court papers as “Jane Doe” told a forensic interviewer at UPMC Children’s Hospital on Aug. 28, which was also observed by a detective, that Bridget Houser, 52, of Pittsburgh, beat her numerous times “on all parts of her body except her face,” the complaint said.20180909_200222-1.jpg

Houser used her hands and at other times she used “shoes, a long plastic spoon, and a belt to beat her.” The teen said at the time of the interview she no longer had any bruises but said, “she had bruises on her upper chest area,” in the past.

Just before a CYF worker picked the teen up to take her to the emergency interview, Houser told her if anyone “gets ‘escorted out of the house today, it I’ll be your fault,'” police say.  The teen told police Houser also said, “If anyone leaves we’ll hate you for the rest of your life,” according to the complaint.

Houser was arrested late Friday and charged with endangering the welfare of children, simple assault and intimidation, retaliation or obstruction in child abuse cases.  She is in the Allegheny County Jail after being unable to post ten percent of a $5000 bond. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 21.

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