An Illinois woman is in custody after allegedly beating her 2-year-old daughter to death for refusing to eat her noodles.
Jazmine Jones, 18, of Chicago is accused of killing her daughter, Elliana Claiborne, after she couldn't get the child to eat her noodles. The toddler reportedly died of a perforated intestine after her mother punched her in the stomach in anger, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The incident occurred around 3 p.m. on Nov. 28 when Jones was home with Elliana and Jones' boyfriend in the house where all three lived with the boyfriend's relatives.
Jones reportedly yelled at her daughter to eat her noodles. When the child refused, she allegedly struck her hard about four or five times in the stomach and buttocks.
Jones' boyfriend, who was playing video games nearby when the incident occurred, said the blows to the child's stomach were so hard that he believed they would have "knocked the wind out of him" had he been the one who was hit, according to the Cook County district attorney's office.
The boyfriend, who is not Elliana's father, also told authorities Jones often beat her daughter when she was frustrated with the child.
Shortly after the beating, Jones left the home to buy marijuana. When she returned, she found Elliana in pain with a swollen stomach. The child reportedly had difficulty using the bathroom, so Jones gave her some laxatives and juice.
Later that night, the toddler reportedly complained of stomach pain and threw up a greenish liquid. Early the next morning, Jones' boyfriend's sister, who had been sleeping in the same bedroom as Elliana, said she went to change her diaper after smelling feces. It was then that the family discovered the child was cold, stiff and unconscious. A yellow fluid reportedly leaked from her mouth.
After Jones' boyfriend failed to resuscitate the toddler, the family took her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead at about 9:21 a.m. on Nov. 29.
An autopsy found that the child had died of a perforated intestine as a result of a hard blow to the abdomen, reports Chicago Tribune. Her abdominal cavity was reportedly filled with fluid and fecal matter.
Prosecutors said various other injuries, both new and healing, were also found on the child's body. There were bruises to her head, face, back and arms. She also had old burns on her foot, various healed scars and two fractured ribs from previous beatings.
Jones was arrested and charged with felony child endangerment in Elliana's death.
The young mother reportedly sobbed after Judge Laura Sullivan ordered her to be held on $1 million bail at a bond hearing on Dec. 2.
At the same hearing, prosecutors told the court that the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services had previously removed Elliana from Jones' care after she allegedly threw the child off a balcony onto a snow-covered cement ground.
Jones's public defender, Mark Douglass, said at the hearing that she was six weeks pregnant.
About 19.2 percent of child abuse perpetrators are adults between the ages of 18 and 24, according to data reported in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.