January 19, 2011

Fairrin Moss - Charged With Beating, Burning, Strangling Toddler - Imprisoning Him To 12” X 24” Closet Nook For Hours

Columbus, Ohio (The Weekly Vice) - Fairrin Moss, a 23-year-old Ohio woman has been indicted on child abuse charges after she allegedly beat, burned and choked her 3-year-old son before imprisoning him in a linen closet so tiny, he was forced to lie in a fetal position for hours.

According to police, the abuse continued for months until the boy's aunt found him locked in a closet - confined to a space that measured 24 inches wide and just 12 inches tall. When the aunt gave the child a bath, she discovered bruises that peppered the boy's body.

"The child was beat over the head, in the head, in the stomach, on the side, legs (and) grabbed by the neck," said John Hurst of the Columbus Police Division's special victims bureau.

Investigators say the child was forced to lay for hours in a tiny section of the closet when the mother left the residence.

"No lights, (he) couldn't sit up, couldn't stand up - had to lay down," said Hurst. "it was kind of like an area you'd put your towels next to the bathroom."

The boy was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital where staff members called police. In additional to severe bruising, the boy reportedly suffered extensive burns to his feet. It is believed the burns were a result of being subjected to scalding water.

The boy was removed from the home and placed in foster care, however investigators are crediting the boy's aunt with likely saving the child's life.

"The long-term effects of this, it's hard to tell," said Hurst. "Physically, he'll probably recover with some minor issues. Emotionally, that's something that can last a lifetime."

Moss was booked into jail on two counts of endangering children and one count of felonious assault. Although Moss was charged back in December, she was indicted 8 days later and just recently entered a plea of not guilty.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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