SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — A 35-year-old woman was charged Thursday with three counts of felony child abuse after allegedly dumping her child at a local hospital suffering from open wounds and malnutrition.
When the child arrived at the hospital she weighed only 18 pounds, police said.
“The staff noticed that this 4-year-old ends up weighing 17 to 18 pounds and was extreme malnourished and emaciated,” Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Benitez has eight other children who range in age from 4 to 16.
All of her children were placed in protective custody, Bertagna said.
Benitez was expected to appear in court on Friday. Her bail was set at $250,000.