Mother in­dicted for al­leged child abuse

Pr. Fred­er­ick woman re­port­edly struck 3-year-old with cord

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­

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.

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