TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The parents of a 14-month-old Indiana boy are accused of mutilating their child. Investigators said someone likely used scissors to split the boy’s tongue, a report said Wednesday.
Holly Cota, 28, and boyfriend Scott Edwards, 33, were arrested last Friday in connection with injuring the toddler, WTHI-TV reported.
The boy was taken to the Union Hospital in Terre Haute, according to the Tribune Star.
Edwards is facing charges of aggravated battery and neglect of a dependent. Officers said Cota lied about how the child’s injuries occurred, the station reported.
The emergency room staff told WTHI that the boy also suffered bruises and other injuries in addition to the split tongue.
“I am appalled. I am disgusted. My heart hurts. When that’s all you can think about is that poor baby going through that with nobody for him to be his voice and say stop … you’re hurting me. It just breaks my heart,” Chelsie Loose, a family friend, told the station.
She said she’ll never understand how someone could do something like this.
“I mean really, Cameron is lucky to be alive I think. From the description I heard, of his injuries at his age … lucky,” Loose said.
This is a tough time for the family, but she told us she is thinking back to happier times.
“Cameron was always over there. Happy. Eating all the time … little chunky cheeks,” Loose said.
Now, they say they are hoping for justice and a full recovery for the little boy.
Editor’s Note: The child-victim’s name was included at the request of family, according to WTHI.