The mother of a severely beaten 5-year-old from Bridgeport was arrested after police said she failed to stop the abuse of her son.
Police call it one of the worst child abuse cases they’ve ever seen and said 22-year-old Jarelis Lugo, the boy's mother, knew about the abuse but never reported it.
The boy's father, Daquon Gomillion, also 22, was arrested in September after the child was discovered with extensive scarring on his body and other "significant injuries" indicating he may have been struck with an extension cord.
At the time of the incident, a doctor told police, “The number of scars is too numerous to count, and the number exceeds the number that I have ever seen on any other child.”
Gomillion was charged with multiple counts of first-degree assault and risk of injury in a minor and is being held on a $750,000 bond.
Now Lugo is also facing charges. She was arrested Wednesday and charged with risk of injury to a minor.
Police said Lugo initially told them her son’s injuries were accidental and that he “falls a lot.” She later admitted that Gomillion had repeatedly abused the child.
The boy was taken into the custody of the Dept. of Children and Family Services, police said.
Lugo’s bond was set at $50,000.