Taft, CA - The mother of a toddler was arrested Tuesday for the murder of her 3-year-old daughter at the hands of her live-in boyfriend in January. Sheriff’s deputies say the mother demonstrated a pattern of neglect throughout the torture of the toddler.
Angela Hanna and her 3-year-old daughter Trinity Hanna were living with Angela’s boyfriend Eric Edward Foster, 26. Investigators arrested Foster the day after Trinity’s death. Foster reportedly confessed to the treatment that Trinity suffered at his hands. Investigators have been working since to establish the timeline of Trinity’s injuries and how much her mother knew.
According to documents filed in the case against Angela Hanna – also known as Angela Vickrey, “Trinity Hanna, 3 years, sustained water burns, genital trauma, intestinal tears, and a head injury over a period of several weeks which ultimately led to her death on 1/24/12.” Deputies say the toddler sustained the water burns from an intentionally scalding bath, admittedly at the hands of Foster. The cause of the genital trauma and intestinal tearing appear to be Foster’s admitted ‘slamming’ of the toddler onto her bike and into her high chair. There was a specific note of ‘vaginal injuries,’ but no independent cause beyond the high chair and bike incidents were ascribed. Foster also admitted to hitting the girl’s head on a coffee table causing significant injury.
As you might imagine, each of these injuries caused physical trauma, and distress. For Angela Hanna’s part, she did, well… not much.
Detectives say when the 3-year-old was burned, Hanna waited three days before taking her to a doctor – and only then at the reported insistence of coworkers. Investigators said Hanna never took the toddler to the doctor for the vaginal injuries. After the coffee table smack down – which reportedly caused the toddler to ‘continuously vomit’ – Hanna waited a full day before getting medical attention for the girl.
Detectives say after the girl died, Hanna told them that Foster had a ‘series of accidents’ with Trinity which ‘always occurred outside of her view.’
Hanna now faces charges of felony second degree murder, felony willful cruelty to a child, and felony great bodily injury to a child. Hanna was booked into jail on $2 million bail.
Foster is currently facing a first degree murder charge and is now eligible for the death penalty. Prosecutors have not reported if they will seek it. Despite the confessions, Foster has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
If you’d like to see some pictures of Trinity, you can see them in the video here. Sad.