Wednesday, July 20, 2011

VIDEO: Woman is arrested after 5-year-old 19 lb. girl is found living in a closet


Oklahoma City police arrested a woman accused of forcing a 5-year-old girl in her home to live in a closet among her own urine and feces.

The girl, who weighs only 19 pounds, was taken to a hospital.
Asusena Marie Gonzales, 31, was arrested Monday on a complaint of child neglect and seven city warrants, including disorderly conduct. She was booked in the Oklahoma County jail but has been released on $20,000 bond.

Officers were called to the 1100 block of SW 36 shortly before 11 a.m. Monday to assist a state Department of Human Services worker. The employee told officers the girl's caretaker was forcing her to stay in the closet and gave her a cup to urinate and defecate in.
The girl appeared to be very malnourished, beaten and emaciated, police said.
Her arms and legs were very thin, and the bones in her joints were visible, according to the police report. She had very little muscle tissue on her bones and a couple of small cuts on her arms with dried blood, police said.

Officers also observed that the closet smelled of urine and feces. The rest of the house appeared to be clean, and the other children appeared healthy, according to the report.
The DHS worker told police it was alleged that the girl was the target of the abuse because she looked like her father, and Gonzales doesn't like him.
Five other children were taken from the home and placed into protective custody.

Police said Gonzales told them she hasn't taken the girl to see a doctor since she was 4. She said the girl was premature and weighed 4 pounds when she was born.

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