A mother and her partner are accused of allegedly torturing their 5-year-old son, and now they are both behind bars, News On 6 reports.
News On 6 reports that the boy’s mother, 28-year-old Rachel Stevens, and her girlfriend, 25-year-old Kayla Jones, are both charged with felony child abuse by injury and child neglect, Tulsa World reports.
The two women, who reportedly have been together for the last 18 months, were not only supposed to be caring for the victim, but also his twin brother and 7-year-old sister. The report says the children’s father is not in the picture anymore.
The case, according to the report, got on cops’ radar last month when the little boy was brought into the hospital with “terrible” lesions on his face, as well as seizures. When he was under a doctor’s care, the child reportedly confided about the abuse he’d endured. His injuries were so bad when the pair brought the victim in, the hospital staff had to fly him out. While in the hospital, he also reportedly suffered two strokes due to the trauma he’d experienced.
Tulsa World reports that he came in with multiple broken bones in various stages of healing and was malnourished as well.
News On 6 says, according to an affidavit, “… The boy told them he’d been tied up, duct taped, locked in a room and that both women hit with a belt. It says his mother hit his hand with a hammer and his stepmom kicked him in the groin so hard he bled.”
Muskogee County District Attorney spoke out about the case and told the station, “Anytime you have child abuse or sexual abuse of a minor child, it’s always difficult because we’re dealing with such an innocent victim.”
The other children, who were reportedly not abused, are now in the care of other family members. As for the victim, reports say he’s making a slow recovery.
The mom and girlfriend are also accused of setting up a Go Fund Me page and asking the public for donations when they claimed the child fell down and they needed money to help care for him while he was in the hospital.
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