Jay Woman Charged With Felony Child Abuse

December 30, 2022

A Jay woman was charged after allegedly causing physical injuries to an elementary age child.

Sierra Daniele Chapman, 27, was charged with one felony child abuse without great bodily harm.

Chapman allegedly caused injuries to the elementary age child multiple times, dating back to August 2022.

In August, the child arrived at her elementary school with an abrasion to her elbow. The child claimed the injury was a rug burn caused by Chapman throwing her to the floor, according to an arrest report.

In September, the child complained of leg pain and told the school nurse she was spanked with a spatula and a belt. The school nurse and principal believed the bruising to be excessive, the report states.

The school resource officer was contacted both times, and the child was examined by an advanced pediatric registered nurse from Gulf Coast Kids Houses. According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, the nurse indicated that there were positive signs of physical abuse.

In November, the SRSO  responded to Santa Rosa Kids House where the child had been examined for injuries caused when Chapman allegedly hit her with a belt, the report states.

Chapman’s statements to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office were redacted from the report obtained from the State Attorney’s Office. Her exact relationship to the child was also redacted.


13 Responses to “Jay Woman Charged With Felony Child Abuse”

  1. StopHittingKids on January 3rd, 2023 10:19 pm

    For those that condone hitting a child to teach them how to behave. Do you also condone hitting your wife to teach her how to behave? How about your dog?

  2. Robert on January 1st, 2023 10:04 am

    I was born in 1946 and I sure received my share of spankings but I NEVER went to school with bruises…mama taught us well and we all grew up just find and became good people.

  3. Tracy Hoodless on December 31st, 2022 10:39 pm

    People always say things like “I got my butt whooped growing up, and it made me a good person”……First, there is a whole lot of people who didn’t get hit or whooped, or physically punished growning up (I am one of them) and I’m a good person too, I don’t break the law, haven’t been to jail, went to college, married with teenagers/young adults and I didn’t have to hit them either, they have turned out good. Second, if you watch any prison documentaries of people who are doing long prison sentences, they never say “I wish my parents hit me more” it always shows how their stepparent or alcoholic parent (etc) physically abused them starting young, and they were abused or at a minimum beat with a belt/stick/etc. frequently, and it did not make them a good person, it just taught them violence gets weaker people to do what you want in the moment.
    I am all for discipline, but the reason people hit their kids is because they don’t know how to discipline effectively without hitting.
    Lastly, what on earth could a 6 yr old little girl do thats bad enough she needs bruises all over her body from being hit??? That’s absurd!

  4. Tw on December 31st, 2022 7:31 pm

    Nobody wins at all in this situation. Prayers for all

  5. Raven on December 31st, 2022 6:15 pm

    Are you kidding? Why do people leave such ridiculous comments? LEAVING BRUISES ON YOUR CHILDREN IS NEVER OKAY, I don’t care what generation you are from. This is a petite small 6 year (now 7) little girl, does she really need to be beat with a belt and spatula?? What could she of possibly done to deserve to have bruises left on her body? I have read the arrest report detailing all the incidents.. all I know is it is disturbing how this poor little girl was mentally and physically abused and NOBODY advocated for her except for teachers and an angel daycare worker ! Praise God some people have a moral compass and saved this little girl! To the people who went on record sticking up for this behavior shame on you, if it was your child or grandchildren you would be sing a different tune.

  6. J-THE-G on December 31st, 2022 1:49 pm

    Sounds like a bunch of crap. was there blood drawn? Were the bruises on the face, neck or chest? Were any bones broken or even fractured? haven’t seen the damage but from whats written here it sounds like an over reach by the law and the socialist excessive support systems.

  7. Conrad on December 31st, 2022 12:09 pm

    I have rad the story several times and either a lot of information is not published or it sounds a little like over-zealous public servants. I too am from the sixties children where corporal punishment was a given. Discipline is necessary and not providing it has obvious outcomes. True, some parents cross the line or don’t really understand where that line is with any real clarity. An example of over-zealous: my daughter loved to swing and sing on the swing-set in the backyard. On several occasions she would hang by one arm and rotate back and forth while she sang. In some cases she would dislocate her elbow and we would take her to the emergency room thinking she fell and broke something. Within a year and about the third visit to the ER, child services were called to investigate probable abuse. The day they came, she was in the backyard doing the exact same thing. Lucky for us, case closed. But since she was so young and couldn’t really explain how her arm was hurt, it could easily have gone far differently for us.
    Again, lots of information is missing here to make an informed judgement, but hopefully the system treads lightly with this mom and makes double certain before proceeding to ruin lots of lives.

  8. Cheryl A on December 31st, 2022 9:36 am

    I was born in 1962 and certainly received my share of spankings. My parents cared and wanted to ensure that I became a responsible member of society. I knew not to act out when they weren’t around because friends and neighbors would certainly make sure they found out. I raised my children in the same way and they didn’t give me problems. They are well educated adults and productive members of society. Abuse is one thing but discipline with love is another. I had the latter of the two.

  9. anne on December 31st, 2022 7:51 am

    EMD can comment. I remember when people talked and laughed about Dr. Spock. My parents and my teachers were able to agree on discipline and spanking with the paddles that came with a red rubber ball attached were used. I did the same with my 2 children and we have all lived to respect those who respect us. I and mine were never bruised. This child has been hurt in different ways. A spank is enough to assure a child what they did is wrong. This woman needs some help.

  10. r on December 31st, 2022 7:31 am


    Are you really blaming Dr. Spock (or star trek) I guess for children being misbehaved?

  11. Old School on December 30th, 2022 1:22 pm

    Excessive abuse is without a doubt, wrong. And I do not know all the facts and details.The child’s well being and safety is a top priority and a must. But I do know this. When I acted out as a child I was whooped with belts, switches, spatulas, hands, whatever was around at the time. I was paddled by principles, teachers, and coaches. Had my mouth washed out with soap. My parents love me and are great people till this day and did the chastisement out of love. I know that there is a medium here. I’m not trying to justify or condemn her. But depending on the severity and intent one of the 2 should happen.

  12. EMD on December 30th, 2022 7:16 am

    Most of the last century, what is described here was called discipline. And, during that time, children in general were much more well behaved. Also, we heard of no school shootings or child drug addictions or suicides. Then a doctor named Spock came along. Soon, the government began telling us how to raise our children. I think it is safe to say, that if the parents in that century had our laws today, there would be very few left to raise our children. The government would be left to do it. But, isn’t that the plan of most of the ones in charge now? Anyone born before 1960 still out there that would comment on this? I am not advocating beating and doing real harm to children. But, something is wrong. Look what we deal with now.

  13. Wizard on December 30th, 2022 6:00 am

    I do not condone beatings… HOWEVER, the whippings I got as a child 30 years ago at home AND in public school left black, blue, purple, red, orange and yellow bruises on my behind. Thats why I’m a hard working, law abiding man today. It’s called discipline and more kids need it now more than ever.