May 17, 2011

Ivan Martinez And Erica Mendoza - Charged With Beating Child Nearly To Death, Then Blaming His Injuries On Ghosts

Houston, Texas (The Weekly Vice) - Houston couple Ivan Martinez and Erica Mendoza, both 21, were jailed after they allegedly beat Mendoza's two-year-old son to a pulp and then blamed the boy's injuries on ghosts.

According to Houston Police, emergency responders transported Mendoza's toddler son to Memorial Hermann Hospital earlier this month after officers found him laying unresponsive on the floor of the couple's home.

The boy's body was found to be covered in bruises, including his head, face, back, penis and legs. Doctors later discovered that the boy also suffered from internal injuries, including a non-functioning kidney. Police say the child likely would have died if he hadn't received immediate care for his injuries

When Investigators interviewed Martinez, the boy's stepfather, he claimed that a "spirit" residing inside the home was to blame for the child's injuries.

Mendoza told investigators that she believed the boy was injured during"rough play" with his four-year-old sister. She also stated that the boy was clumsy and that the injuries could have been caused by ghosts that were in the house.

After failing a polygraph test, Martinez admitted to repeatedly punching the toddler after the child had thrown his breakfast on the floor. Mendoza admitted to noticing several bruises on the child’s body, but didn't seek medical care for him.

Martinez was booked into jail on charges of child abuse. Mendoza was charged with injury to a child by omission. Bail was set to $20,000 each.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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