A three-year-old boy has been left fighting for his life after being ‘sold’ by his babysitter to two men who raped and tortured the toddler.
Police said the boy from Oklahoma was forced to drink bleach and had part of his skull torn off during the horrific assault.
His face, eyes and throat were all covered in chemical burns and he had been hanged from a ceiling with a dog collar.
Investigators said Jennifer Chapman, who was looking after the boy, allegedly offered him to two men for sex in exchange for methamphetamine.
The two men allegedly raped and tortured the boy for several hours before returning him to 43-year-old Chapman at the Oklahoma motel where she was staying with the boy’s mother Leana Lauck.
According to police when Lauck, 31, saw the injuries to her son she decided against taking him to hospital for urgent treatment and instead began taking meth with her friend.
An arrest report revealed that the boy, who has not been named, suffered for 18 hours before he was taken to hospital.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City police have arrested a mother in connection with a child abuse case in a southwest Oklahoma City hotel.
Officers arrested 31-year-old Leana Lauck on Wednesday. Police say her 3-year-old son was severely abused at the LaQuinta Inn near South Meridian and Interstate 40.
Lauck told police one of her friends is responsible for abusing the toddler. She is not being accused of actually abusing her son, but police say she waited nearly 18 hours before bringing the abused child to the hospital.
“At some point she did actually have contact with the child, [saw] the child, [knew] the child was injured and did nothing about that,” Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.
A police report released Wednesday revealed the toddler was taken to Children’s Hospital on Sunday with numerous bruises on his body. The boy had an injury on the base of his skull with the possibility of brain injury.
“[The] scalp was removed, part of it,” family member Stacy Felkins said as she held back tears.
Felkins is a distant cousin to the baby’s mother. She says her family found out the boy had lye burns on his throat, face and eyes, had been sexually abused, forced to drink bleach and hanged from a ceiling with a dog collar.
“His big sister said, ‘I saw people trying to make him drink stuff, then he went to sleep and I think he’s dead,'” Felkins said.
Felkins was emotional as she thought about the suffering child.
“He may die and he’s had things happen to him that may never go away if he does make it. It makes me sick.”
Police say they are still searching for the person responsible for the actual abuse.
News 9 has learned the baby is improving at Children’s Hospital. Doctors tell investigators the child will not have brain damage. The child is currently in DHS custody.