Daytona Beach, Fla., babysitter Haillee Howell has been accused of breaking a 3-year-old’s arm with a large kitchen utensil, all because the child wet his pants.
According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Howell, 21, has been charged with aggravated child abuse and is being held at Florida’s Volusia County Jail without bail.
Howell allegedly grabbed the child by the arm and twisted it until it broke in three different places. She had been the babysitter for the child and his two older brothers, ages 7 and 8, for five months.
The children’s mother reports that upon arriving to pick her kids up from Howell’s home, Howell told her that her son had wet his pants earlier that day. After she drove away, her youngest child began crying, and he told her that his arm was hurt, according to police.
The boy’s mother took him to Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, where doctors X-rayed the boy’s arm and discovered that he had two broken bones above his wrist, and a third broken bone above the elbow, police said. The doctors also reported bruising under both of the boy’s eyes, redness and bruising in both ears, and scratches on his legs and stomach.
The Department of Children and Families also interviewed the boy, who told officials that Howell hurt his arm because he had wet his pants. His siblings also reported witnessing Howell twist their younger brother’s arm and hit him with a large kitchen utensil.
Howell denies that she abused the boy. She says that she noticed his bruises when he arrived at her home.
Read more at the Daytona Beach News-Journal.