Mugshot of Joyce Sweetheart Cole.
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Cops: Cobb mom forced son, 11, to walk nude in school parking lot 

Cobb County police arrested a mother they say forced her 11-year-old son to walk nude through his school parking lot.

Joyce Sweetheart Cole, of Smyrna, was booked into Cobb County jail on charges of first-degree child cruelty and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to jail records.

 The boy and his two siblings are no longer in their mother's custody, police said.

An arrest warrant said Cole forced her son to strip nude at the front entrance of Norton Park Elementary and walk to her car in the parking lot at 10:15 a.m. on Halloween.

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She told her son in the past that she was "going to embarrass him in front of people" if he "got in trouble at school again," according to the warrant.

School staff ran out to the boy's aid.

Cole was also booked on a charge of simple battery for slapping him on the side of his head while he was walking.

She was released from jail on a $5,720 bond the same day.

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