An Oregon mother is facing felony charges because she allegedly gave cocaine to her toddler son.
Kalin Swartz was indicted by a grand jury on Dec. 12 on charges of providing cocaine to her 2-year-old son in September, according to KATU.
Heidi Sjolander, the boy's paternal grandmother, noticed that her grandson, Beau Villwock, was lethargic after visiting with his mother.
Swartz was arrested on Dec. 20 and charged with two felonies: assault in the third degree and causing another person to ingest a controlled substance.
"I think she's disturbed," said Sjolander. "She needs to be locked up."
Swartz has been suspected of previous incidents of abuse on her son in the past.
In a letter from Oct. 12, Marion County Circuit Court Judge Claudia M. Burton writes, "Over the course of this proceeding, the court gradually became more and more concerned about Beau's safety when with the mother."
According to the letter, the child sustained a serious injury in July while under his mother's care.
"Three doctors confirmed that both the most recent injury and the June injury were in fact second-degree burns. Based on the evidence, this court found that Beau had suffered at least two second-degree burns while in mother's care."
The child is currently in his father's custody and will be spending lots of time with his grandparents, said Sjolander, according to KATU.
"It has been a nightmare and the fact that the baby didn't die is an absolute miracle, but he was born a fighter and he's here for a reason. I'm grateful we have him," she said.
The idea that a parent would intentionally endanger or injure a child may seem ludicrous to most people, but the prevalence of media reports alleging similarly disturbing incidents paints a different picture.
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reports between 2001 and 2006 indicate that mothers are in fact more likely than fathers to be responsible for serious cases of abuse, according to News.com.au. The report found that 71 percent of children killed by one parent are killed by their mothers, with 60 percent of those victims being boys.
The DHHS data indicated that of the children abused by one parent between 2001 and 2006, 70.6 percent were abused by their mothers, while 29.4 percent were abused by their fathers.
"Abusive mothers are a very real problem and we have to start talking about it to be able to help," said psychologist Meredith Fuller, who wrote "Working With Mean Girls."