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Man Arrested After Allegedly Using Scissors to Cut Toddler’s Tongue. His Mom Lied Saying He Fell

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An Indiana couple is facing charges after a toddler was taken to a local hospital with a split tongue on January 16.

As Fox13 reports, in addition to the split tongue, the 14-month-old boy arrived at Union Hospital with a swollen scrotum and severe bruises all over his body.

Holly Cota, the boy’s mother, told police her son’s injuries were a result of him falling out of his crib and biting his tongue.

According to Fox13, the affidavit reports that Cota, 28, said her son “must have straddled the toy box when he fell, causing damage to his scrotum.”

However, when the child was transported to the Riley Hospital for Children, a doctor with the Child Protection Team told officers the split was not caused by the boy’s teeth.

The affidavit states:

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.

Further, the doctor pointed out that teeth do not run in the direction of the split and the injuries weren’t consistent with a fall or even two falls. The injuries were inflicted trauma, not accidents.

During a later interview, Cota confessed that her boyfriend, Scott Edwards, was watching her son when he was injured.

Police later arrested Edwards, 33, and charged him with aggravated battery, battery, and neglect of a dependent. Further, officers arrested Cota on obstruction of justice charges.

Chelsie Loose, who’d been a friend of the family for 20 years, was devastated by the news.

Loose 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.”

There is no word on who is currently caring for the child.

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    • Also, tell any other prisoners that they are convicted of child abuse, to insure that they will not enjoy their stay.

  1. Such a beautiful little boy to be abused like that!! They both need to be horse whipped within an inch if their worthless lives!!!!!

  2. This is infuriating! Is it time to bring back an eye for an eye??? Unbelievable! How can we foster or adopt this innocent child and give him a safe & happy life?

  3. I’m telling everyone that these poor excuses for humans must be punished and the child taken away and never returned. Our society has no place for sins against children and women who are convicted of child abuse should be sterilized!!

  4. What the f is wrong with these women that have to have a warm body in their bed, that they bring in any dreg of society? He most likely showed signs of abuse but she allowed this monster to be around the most precious thing to her. Thank goodness this is all he has suffered through. Any longer and he would have been killed. She needs to be “fixed” and lose all physical & legal custody of this child.

    • Absolutely. What kind of mother would ever allow anyone to abuse their child! My former husband was abusive to me and one day that extended to our child. I was like a mama bear. I left with our son and divorced him. Best thing I ever did.

    • Obviously that baby wasn’t the “most precious thing to her”! That POS “man” was. I will never understand parents that cover up for significant others in abuse cases like this 🙁

  5. All young women with children need to know that a man, not the child’s father can be a danger to that child. Do not move in with them, do not let them “babysit” your child. I less and I til you ha expect a LOT of time to seehowthatperxon is with your child do not leave them alone.

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