3-Year-Old Girl Brutally Beaten and Starved May Not Survive, Couple Charged with Child Abuse
UPDATE: 3:02 P.M. – Officials now say that the mother and boyfriend are both charged with Child Abuse. According to officials, Kimberly Lashawn Bedwell, 28, and Eric Latrone Sanders, 26, were originally charged on January 25th. On Friday, Sanders was booked on additional child abuse charges. Information regarding the mother’s arrest was not included in a media release provided by officials this morning.
HUDSON (PASCO) – A 3-year-old girl is clinging to life today after officials say she was viciously beaten and deprived of food and water for over two months.
According to reports, on January 17th the victim was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital after she was found unresponsive and with serious injuries to her head and body. Upon further examination, the little girl appeared to be malnourished and dehydrated to the point that her bones were visible through the skin. The victim was found to have a subdural hematoma (Brain Bleed) and damage to her liver. Due to her extensive injuries she was airlifted to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for more specialized pediatric care. Doctors say her injuries are so severe that she may not survive.
Officials say the man suspected of committing the abuse, 26-year-old Eric Latrone Sanders, denies hurting the child and says they were playing together but doesn’t know how she was injured.
According to the victim’s mother, Sanders began abusing her daughter around November 1st of 2016. She claims Sanders would kick, punch, and “maliciously” whip the victim with a belt numerous times. She further explained that Sanders’ abuse was the result of the child peeing herself, stating “Because diapers cost too much – the victim should learn not to pee herself.”
Investigators say on January 17th Sanders kicked the victim in the back, grabbed her by the throat, picked her up over his head, and body slammed her to the floor.
On Friday detectives arrested Sanders and charged him with Aggravated Child abuse. He is currently held on a $53,000 bond, according to an arrest affidavit provided by officials; however, the Pasco County Sheriff’s website lists the bond at a total of $115,000.
The investigation continues.
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