Mother of Nine Accused of Starving 4-Year-Old Daughter — Courtney Friel Reports

A 26-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.

Antonia Benitez, of Santa Ana, took her 4-year-old daughter to Saint Joseph’s Children Hospital on June 3 with open wounds and abandoned her, according to Santa Ana Police.

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