Nicole Candelaria is charged with felony child abuse for forcing her boyfriend's 3-year-old daughter to eat her own feces. If true, calling her a monster is a total understatement. You won't even believe the alleged reason why.
Police say she became upset when the toddler pooped in the bathtub. She was so enraged, she forced the child to eat it as a punishment. If you are like me, you are shaking your head in disbelief right now. This is what toddlers and babies do -- they have accidents. She is the primary caregiver for her boyfriend's three girls when they visit him, so I can appreciate the stress she is under day-to-day. But nothing can excuse this disgusting abuse.
However, that is not all the poor girl reportedly endured. Candelaria is also accused of holding her down on the toilet seat and putting soap in her mouth. The abuse wasn't discovered until the child told her mother what had happened after their visit to daddy was over.
Some may say that the little girl is exaggerating or even making it up, but the story was corroborated by her 3-year-old twin and 5-year-old sister. And after she was taken to the hospital for a check-up, they discovered she had bruises on her back, chest, and legs -- all consistent with being held down. Sadly, it gets worse. Doctors also found that she had an injury to her vagina.
For her part, Candelaria denies any abuse occurred and says that the child made it all up. But something clearly happened to her. Hopefully authorities will figure out exactly who did what and severely punish them.
What kind of person thinks up a sickening punishment like this?
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