Mom arrested for allegedly stuffing girl into dresser drawer
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A pregnant mother who allegedly punished her 5-year-old daughter by stuffing her into a dresser drawer will stand trial on felony child abuse charges, authorities said Tuesday.
Isidra Gomez, 24, and her husband, Juan Medina, 41, arrested March 20, remained in custody Tuesday. Gomez was being held on $100,000 bail; Medina on $50,000 bond.
Police arrested the couple after a man who rented a room in their apartment found the girl in the bottom drawer of a built-in closet dresser and called authorities.
The district attorney filed one count of child endangerment and one count of felony child abuse against Gomez on Monday. Medina was charged with one count of child endangerment. Both are scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing the first week in April.
”It’s such a horrific story of child abuse we had to let the public know about it,” said Lt. Daniel Mulrenin of the LAPD’s child protective services section.
”The little girl was shivering so bad, he (the man) thought she was suffering a seizure.”
Authorities estimate she had been in the drawer for about three hours when she was found.
The child had bruises all over her body, a fractured rib and was dehydrated, Mulrenin said. The girl had recently come from Mexico to live with her mother and stepfather, who are from the central Mexican state of Guanajuato.
Each year, the department investigates about 3,500 child abuse cases, Mulrenin said.
Authorities determined the girl had also endured other forms of punishment – she had been punched, beaten with a belt, hit over the head with a high heel shoe and had food withheld from her.
The couple have two other children, a year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy, and Gomez is three months pregnant, Mulrenin said.
Both children were found unharmed when their parents were arrested, police said, and were placed with child protective services.
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