Woman arrested on suspicion of forcing 3-year-old to eat own feces
Jonathan Kaminsky, REUTERS
First posted: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 06:20 AM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 06:38 AM EDT
An Arizona woman was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of forcing a three-year-old girl to eat her own feces after the girl defecated in a bathtub, court records show.
Nicole Candelaria, 28, was arrested Saturday and booked into jail in Tempe on suspicion of child abuse after the girl - her boyfriend's daughter - reported the incident to the girl's mother, according to a police probable cause statement.
The child, along with her two siblings aged 5 and 3, had spent six days with their father before returning to the mother on Friday. Candelaria had looked after the children while the father was at work, according to a police statement.
The girl told authorities that Candelaria became enraged after her accident, made her eat the feces and forcibly held the girl on a toilet, police said. The child's allegations were corroborated by her siblings.
A forensic medical exam showed bruising to the girl's ******, chest, back, legs and sides, according to the police statement, with injuries to her sides consistent with being held on the toilet. The cause of the bruising to the ****** was not clear, police said.
Candelaria denied the allegations and countered that the girl is a frequent liar, the statement said. She posted $5,400 bail on Sunday and is scheduled to appear in court Friday.
Nicole Candelaria (Photo from Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

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