Two women in their 20s were arrested for allegedly abusing a 5-year-old.
One of the women is the boy’s mother and the other is the boy’s stepmother, police said.
The Muskogee, Okla., women have been physically abusing the child for the past several months—causing so much trauma that the boy has had two strokes since he was hospitalized two months ago.
Muskogee police termed what happened as “torture.”
Rachel Stevens, the mother, and Kayla Jones, the stepmother, “didn’t act surprised when they left the court and were greeted by a host of officers and deputies with arrest warrants,” reported NewsOn6.
The women were handcuffed and taken to jail. They were charged with felony child abuse by injury and child neglect, court records indicate.
Investigators learned of the case when the victim was taken by the women to a Tulsa hospital because of seizures and lesions on his face. Hospital staff called the police after the boy was admitted.
He was airlifted to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where it was discovered that he had multiple broken bones at different stages of healing, and was malnourished.
Police said in the affidavit that Stevens allegedly hit the boy’s hand with a hammer and that Jones allegedly “kicked him so hard in the groin that it made him bleed,” reported Tulsa World. They both also allegedly beat him with a belt.
“The mother of the victim admitted that she should have taken him to the doctor or hospital to get the lesions looked at and to be evaluated for the seizures,” the affidavit states.
The boy is slowly getting better at the hospital, Officer Lincoln Anderson said. The boy’s twin brother and his 7-year-old sister, whom police believe were not abused, are staying with family members.