FESTUS, Mo. – A 21-year-old mother was taken into custody after she was accused of beating her 17-month-old daughter to death and trying to pass it off to police as a spider bite.
According to KTVI officers in Festus, Mo., were called to an apartment regarding an unresponsive child.
There they found a child with severe injuries to her face and neck, along with bruising over most of her body.
EMS arrived to the scene and declared the child dead, KTVI reported.
According to the report, the child’s mother told police a spider had bitten her daughter and that she was unconscious.
The mother was taken into custody.
According to KTVI a three-year-old boy was also in the home and is being treated for a broken leg and bruises. He has reportedly been turned over to the custody of family services.
KTVI reports the mother has not yet been identified as she is pending formal charges.