Couple brutally cut 14-month-old boy's tongue with scissors, claim he fell out of his crib
The child was rushed to a hospital after he suffered from a split tongue, a swollen scrotum, and had severe bruises all over his small body
A couple from Terre Haute is now facing charges after the authorities said a toddler's tongue was split right down the middle with the possible tool used being a pair of scissors. The Terre Haute Police Department started an investigation into a child abuse case on January 16 when an officer responded to a call at the Union Hospital. This was the hospital where the 14-month-old victim was taken after he suffered from a split tongue, a swollen scrotum, and had severe bruises all over his small body.
According to the probable cause affidavit that was obtained by WTHI-TV, the child's mother, Holly Cota, told the officer when he asked her about the toddler's injuries that the child had fallen out of his crib multiple times. She also told the officer that she believed he split his tongue as a consequence and that her son "must have straddled the toy box when he fell, causing damage to his scrotum".
Fox59 reported that the toddler was then transported to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis where a doctor who works with the Child Protection Team told the authorities that the laceration which separated the child's tongue was not caused by his teeth as his mother claimed because the teeth don't run in that direction. The affidavit says: "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."
The same doctor continued by saying that a fall or even two were not consistent with the injuries the toddler sustained. The doctor said that the injuries had been inflicted by trauma and was not caused by accidental falls.
During an interview that took place later, the authorities said that the child's mother told them that her boyfriend, Scott Edwards, was the one watching her son when he was injured. Edwards was then arrested and charged with aggravated battery, battery, and neglect of a dependent. The mother was also arrested on obstruction of justice charges.
Family and friends of the toddler told the news station that they were shocked and devastated after they heard what happened. Chelsie Loose, a friend of the family for 20 years, said: "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." Loose also said that she will never be able to understand how someone could do something like this.