A certain woman and her boyfriend have been arrested after a toddler was found with his tongue cut in two and with other bruises.
The toddler also had a swollen scrotum and severe lacerations on his body.
The boy had been taken to the hospital by his mother when the doctors made these startling discoveries. When the mum, Holly Cota, was asked about the injuries, she gave a series of explanations which the doctors said was not consistent with the truth.
First, she said that her son had fallen off his crib and had bitten his tongue, and that he had fallen astride his toy box and had injured his scrotum.
Being not satisfied with the explanations, the doctors had to invite the police.
The Terre Haute Police Department began investigating the possible child abuse case last Wednesday.
When the officer asked the child’s mother, Holly Cota, about her son’s injuries, the affidavit says she claimed the boy had fallen out of his crib multiple times and she believed he bit his tongue, which caused it to split.
The child was then transported to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
Police claim doctors took a close look at the mouth injury and a medic with the Child Protection Team concluded the laceration separating the boy’s tongue was not caused by his teeth.
The arrest report said: “She said that the cut appeared clean and was not torn which indicated that some type of tool, possibly scissors, were used.
“She also said that a piece at the tip of the tongue was missing.”
They said a fall or even two falls wasn’t consistent with the boy’s injuries, according to the affidavit.
They said the injuries were inflicted trauma and not caused by accidental falls.
When further quizzed by the police, the mother said her boyfriend, Scott Edwards, was watching her son when he was injured.
Edwards was later arrested and charged with aggravated battery, battery, and neglect of a dependent.
Cota was also arrested on obstruction of justice charges. “