TAHLEQUAH, OK — I have no idea how I missed this one from earlier this month, but a 19-year-old woman has admitted to using a flat iron hair straightener to burn her 15-month-old son’s genitals.
Police were called to the Tahlequah City Hospital back in April after Jodi Rock’s baby boy was brought there suffering from several broken bones and three burns across his genital area, starting on the inside of his right thigh across his testicles and on to his left inner thigh.
As you can imagine, the pain must have been excruciating. According to investigators, the baby appeared to be in “agony” and was “glassy eyed” and “withdrawn.”
They interviewed Rock who gave them several different stories on how the child may have received the injuries — blaming her aunt, uncle and even her boyfriend. But eventually she would admit that she caused the burns on her son’s genitals in a most sadistic fashion.
According to the arrest affidavit, Rock confessed to “burning [the baby] with a flat iron hair straighter… she then said she took and closed the iron [on the baby’s] private parts.” (*grabs crotch reflexively*) Rock added that the burned area “raised in a white blister which fell off.” (*puts back of hand to forehead and faints*)
She also said that the baby’s broken shoulder, fractured forearm, and fractured wrist were caused by either her, her boyfriend or both of them as, according to the arrest affidavit, they “both play rough with him…pulling him up by the arms and throwing him up in the air and on the bed.”
DHS took custody of the boy while he was in the hospital and Rock was arrested on charged of felony injury to a child. She is currently being held on a $200,000 bond.
Rock, who lives at a trailer park with her boyfriend and his mother, doesn’t even have full custody of her son. The boy lives with Rock’s aunt and uncle — the same ones she initially blamed for the boy’s injuries. And she’s not the only one trying to divert blame, even though Rock admitted to abusing the boy.
The sister of Jodi Rock’s boyfriend, Angel Moore, refuses to believe Rock or her brother had anything to do with the baby’s injuries and hinted at the possible suspects. She says the toddler was recently dropped off after being at Rock’s aunt and uncle’s home.
“They brought the baby out of the blue and usually they don’t ever bring the baby,” Moore said. “When they brought him, he was crying, whining.” I’m guessing that had less to do with an existing injury and more to do with the baby trying to scream “Don’t you dare leave me with this crazy bitch, motherf**kers!”
The boy is currently in state custody and prosecutors are trying to make sure Rock has no further contact with her son by severing her parental rights. Rock’s boyfriend, 23-year-old Sammy Duvall, has not been charged at this time but police say the investigation is ongoing.
He’s going to go to jail eventually anyway, as he is wanted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s office on outstanding warrants in connection with feloniously pointing a firearm, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and several charges of domestic abuse assault and battery and injury to property.
Kind of sad when a baby’s chance of survival would be greater with a pack of wild dogs than with his own mother.Tags: Burning, Child Abuse, Crime, iron, Jodi Rock, Oklahoma