HOUSTON, TX – A woman in Houston has arrested on child abuse charges after police say she repeatedly inflicted injuries on her six-year-old son, even burning the boy’s tongue with a hot spoon.
Police were notified after the boy was taken to the hospital with a possible broken arm. Nurses noted the boy had numerous injuries, including bruises, lacerations to his scalp, and healing burn wounds on his hand and tongue.
When Child Protective Services interviewed the boy, he told them his mother, 26-year-old Jessica Mungia, had broken his arm and that she’d instructed him to lie about how he received his list of injuries observed by the medical staff.
The scalp injury was from his mom hitting him with a screwdriver. The bruises to his chin and neck were from his mother choking him. His mother would also tie up his arms and legs and his dad would cover his mouth with a sock. The linear mark on his arm was from when his mom cut him with a knife.
Other injuries were from being beat him with a cable and a belt buckle.The burn on his hand was from his mother holding his hand over a hot stove. The blisters in his mouth came after his mom heated a spoon on the stove and put it on his tongue.
“My mom got a hot spoon – hot, hot, hot – almost red, and she burned me,” the boy said.
The boy also told investigators that his mom made him stand on an ant hill, causing him to be bitten many times. According to court documents, doctors said the boy’s injuries were consistent with his story, and was a consistent pattern of physical abuse.
Jessica Ann Mungia was arrested and charged with four counts of injury to a child. She is currently being held on $120,000 bond.