72-year-old great grandmother in jail for sex act with 7-year-old

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A 72-year-old woman is in the Rowan County, NC jail, after police say she committed sex acts with a 7-year- old child.

Captain John Sifford says the investigation began on July 31 and resulted in the arrest Thursday night of 72-year-old Juanita Byars, who is a great grandmother.

Byars is charged with two counts of sex offense in a parental role, two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Sifford said that the alleged incident happened at Byar's home on Airport Road. The child is not being identified, but is a person known to Byars.

According to the report, Byars had the child to perform two sex acts on her and also had the child drink beer and smoke cigarettes while in her care.

The child reported the incident to other family members and they called the sheriff.

Byars is being held under $80,000 bond.

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