Police allege that caregiver Julie Patane squeezed a soiled diaper out and dribbled the contents on the child’s mouth, forcing him to eat it. She is also alleged to have placed an actual turd on the kid’s lips and demanded that he swallow it down. Another child in the home reportedly witnessed the child being forced to snack on his own crap.
Oneida Police Chief David Meeker said, “I think she just lost her cool or something trying to potty train the child and unfortunately didn’t know how to handle it.”
Though very few details are available, the child was apparently sportin’ numerous bruises, leading police to believe that Patane may have been responsible.
“It was the number of bruises and where they were located that made it kind of odd,” Chief Meeker said.
Where was this child’s mother, you ask? From what I gather, she has been allowing Patane to care for the child for more than a year now. Police say the child has spent brief periods of time at home, but calls Patane “Mom.”
Patane, 28, was cited with endangering the welfare of a child. The kid’s bio-mother, 35-year-old Melissa Seifert, is facing the same charge for failing to put an end to the alleged abuse and for failing to report the bruising on the child. Both are due in court Friday.
The toddler was placed in protective custody.Tags: Child Endangerment, feces, Julie Patane, Melissa Seifert, New York