An Arizona woman was arrested for allegedly forcing her boyfriend’s 3-year-old daughter to eat feces as punishment, Tempe police said.
Nicole Candelaria, 27, was arrested and charged with one count of child abuse-domestic violence after bruising was reportedly discovered on the child’s legs, chest, back and sides.
The girl spent six days with her father and Candelaria. When she returned home on Friday, she apparently told her mother that she had defecated in a bathtub and Candelaria forced her to eat the excrement.
According to court documents, Candelaria allegedly held the girl down on a toilet seat and put soap in her mouth. The bruising found during a subsequent medical exam on Saturday morning was reportedly consistent with being held down.
A medical team noted significant injuries to the girl’s private parts.
The girl's two siblings, ages 3 and 5, said they witnessed Candelaria force their sister to eat feces, according to the probable cause statement.
When Candelaria was arrested, she told police that the victim often lies and that the injuries on her back were from playing. She said she watched the three children while their father was at work and admitted to bathing the children on Friday, but denied injuring the victim.
She was booked into Tempe City Jail.