Mother indicted for alleged child abuse
Pr. Frederick woman reportedly struck 3-year-old with cord
A Prince Frederick woman was indicted by a Calvert County grand jury on child abuse and assault charges for an Aug. 9 incident where she allegedly hit her 3-year-old son with the cord to a tablet, leaving him with bruises and scars all over his body.
Rocia Aceneth Tovar Calderon, 40, was indicted with single counts each of second-degree child abuse and second-degree assault, according to court records.
On Aug. 10, Det. Sarah Jernigan of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and a Child Protective Services worker responded to a trailer on the 5400 block of Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick for
the report of child abuse, the charging documents state. After someone noticed numerous visible marks on the 3-year-old victim’s body, CPS was contacted.
Authorities reported the house was unkept with old food on the floor, tables and chairs. The police report described CPS taking numerous photos of marks on the juvenile’s
arm, chest, stomach, back and legs that seemed to have been made by a thin cord. The victim’s speech and language were delayed, and he was only able to indicate Calderon was mad.
After authorities said they needed to speak with her regarding the juvenile’s scars, Calderon allegedly said she hit him because she was angry and he does a lot that he needs to learn from. According to the report, she went on to say that she tries not to hit him
because “he’s white and it leaves marks.” Calderon said the juvenile is having issues with potty training and destructive behavior and the only way she can keep him occupied is with a tablet.
Calderon told authorities that she reportedly hit the boy with a tablet cord because he chewed and broke it, the documents detail. She allegedly admitted to hitting the juvenile between five and seven times the previous night because of how angry she was. Indicating she usu-
ally uses a shoe to hit the juvenile, Calderon said she allegedly used the cord because it was in her hand. She further told authorities that spanking him with her hand hurts her and gives her blood clots.
Calderon referred to instances of the victim urinating in a basket of clean laundry and on her bed sheets as indications that he has uncontrollable behavior. According to the report, while speaking with Calderon, authorities observed the child urinate inside an empty
water bottle and place it near the front door. Calderon reportedly made no attempt to stop the juvenile and referred to it as another example of not being able to control him.
CPS prepared a safety plan for the victim — which was subsequently signed by both parties — preventing Calderon from hitting him with any objects. The plan also indicated that in-home services would be provided by CPS to assist Calderon with the child’s behavior and cleaning the resi- dence, the police report states. While Calderon showed Jernigan the rest of the trailer, a teenage boy reportedly told CPS that Calderon hits the 3-year-old “all the time” because he misbehaves.
An arrest warrant was issued and served to Calderon Aug. 22. She posted her $10,000 bond that day. Following her Sept. 18 indictment, Calderon is scheduled for a Dec. 4 plea hearing with potential jury trial dates of Jan. 23 and 24.