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Mom charged in ‘horrific’ child abuse case

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A Bridgeport woman is facing a felony charge after witnessing abuse to her son that city investigators said was the worst they’ve ever seen–and not reporting it.

Bridgeport police said they picked up 22-year-old Jarelis Lugo in New Haven early Wednesday morning on a warrant for risk of injury to a minor.

Her bond was set at $50,000.

Lugo has a 5-year-old son with 22-year-old Daquon Gomillion. Gomillion pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges early last month for beating the boy, in case that Superior Court Judge Earl Richards called “horrific.”

Gomillion remains in jail on $750,000 bond.

Police said the boy had many scars on both legs, his back and chest and that part of one ear was missing. His lip had been split, healed over and split again.

The boy’s dentist called police after seeing evidence of the abuse during an examination. State law requires dentists are required to report signs of abuse to authorities.

A doctor at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital who examined the boy said the scars on his body were too numerous to count and said there was more scarring than he had ever seen.

Police said the child was forced to apologize to Gomillion after the beatings. The boy is now in the custody of the state Department of Children and Families.

Investigators said that when they initially talked to Lugo she said the injuries were accidental and that her son was prone to falling off his bike.

She later said she knew her son was being hurt by his father, but police said she was afraid to report it.

Debra Greenwood, the CEO of the Center for Woman and Families in Bridgeport, said anyone who sees evidence of child abuse has an obligation to report it.

“We need to be the ones to protect children,” she said. “Children don’t have the ability to pick up the phone and tell someone.”

The center operates at 24-hour hotline for abuse reports at (203) 384-9559.

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9 Responses

  1. TheVolleyballGod says:

    lets hope this animal couple doesn’t move to Milford when they put those new no income apartment project that the fine citizens of Milford have been fighting.

  2. Misinformation says:

    Sad case, and the mother absolutely had a requirement to report this abuse to the authorities.

    Point of contention though. The Center for Women and Families is a fantastic organization that does wonderful work with victims. However, this blog entry is misleading and could give people the wrong information when they are looking to make a report of suspected child abuse.

    The Center for Women and Families phone number is included here, however, people should know that The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the appropriate organization to report suspected abuse.

  3. Ned P. says:

    Prison for 20-years, and 100-years for the “father”!

  4. Genosguy says:

    This boy will NEVER EVER get over this. If you want proof–looke at dogs that were abused as pups–years later they have fear of every fear they had as youngsters.
    People who abuse children or pups or kittens should receive the say amount and length of pain they dealt to those in their charge. The bible says “an Eye for an Eye” which means you cut the child you get cut, you beat the child you get beat. Putting them in jail is just to easy a punishment for this crime.

  5. 54 says:

    I’d like to spend 20 minutes in a room with this piece of garbage.

  6. DS says:

    They should kill this guy

  7. Ellen says:

    It’s about time. She is just as responsible for beatings as the father. Being afraid of him is no longer an excuse. There are too many organizations out there who could have helped her when the beatings started. The poor child deserves justice.

  8. luckycharms says:

    About time ! she should have been charged since day one ! Mother’s were created to protect thier children and not their boyfriends.shame on her.God heal this little boy ,blessed his little heart.

  9. Mary says:

    Any random animal would die to protect their offspring and this woman stands by like a dummy. Throw the book at this female. She deserved to be in a cage for a long long time.