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Mom Of 9 Charged With Abusing 18-Pound 4-Year-Old Daughter

GUILTY America of putting pressure of being FAT. EDUCATE parents, educate them on caring for their children.

CBS Los Angeles

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SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A 35-year-old Santa Ana woman accused of depriving her 18-pound 4-year-old daughter of food and medical care said she didn’t abuse her child and claims the girl was bitten by an animal.

In an exclusive jailhouse interview with KCAL9’s Stacey Butler, Antonia Benitez blamed an infection for her daughter’s malnutrition.

“She got an infection in one of her feet,” she said through a translator. “She has a bite from an animal.”

Benitez believes the youngster’s current state is because “she (didn’t) give attention to her child in time.”

Police said Benitez brought her daughter to St. Joseph Hospital in Orange on June 4 for an infected leg wound and left.

Benitez’s ex-husband said she’s undocumented, but wouldn’t speculate if that’s why she didn’t stay with the girl, who weighed just 18 pounds. Doctors said she should be close to 40 pounds.

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