A woman faces multiple child cruelty charges after allegedly forcing her stepkids to lick faeces from a toilet bowl as punishment.
Sara Anne Woody is also accused of beating one child's genitals with a belt for wetting the bed and forcing the youngsters to drink an apple cider-vinegar concoction in order to vomit "stolen" food.
The 25-year-old, of Burkburnett, near Wichita Falls in Texas, faces a felony-level charge of injury to a child with serious bodily or mental injury.
The suspect has racked up almost 30 criminal charges for allegedly abusing her stepsons, the Times Record News reported.
Her husband, Jonathan Darrell Woody, was arrested last year and charged with several counts of child endangerment by failing to prevent the alleged violence.
He reportedly told police the injuries were caused by the boys play fighting.
The report from Burkburnett Police claims he was aware of the abuse "but never did anything to stop it and told the boys to lie to police".
Mrs Woody was first arrested in March 2016 when Burkburnett Police said one of the children visited a Wichita Falls hospital for a lip injury.
When interviewed, the child told authorities that his stepmother had hit him with a metal spoon several times.
The newspaper reports a claim there was bruising on the outside of his upper lip and a healing laceration on the inside of his upper lip.
The bruising stretched across his entire upper lip from corner to corner.
Authorities also observed bruising around the boy's right eye, right cheek, right eyebrow near the temple region, a scabbed-over wound on his right cheek, and bruising above his left eyebrow near the temple.
Bruises were also discovered on both sides of his chest from what appeared to be caused by blunt-force trauma, the report claims.
Police reports said the boy told officers the bruise on his upper lip was caused by Woody hitting him metal spoon six times, each strike worsening and causing more swelling and cuts.
The child also said there were times when Woody also reportedly made him drink something the make him vomit, deprived him of food, locked him in a closet over night as punishment, hit his shoulder with a paddle for taking food, made him lick the commode, and forced him to do push-ups and other exercises and hitting him with a tent stick if he stopped.
The boy during the interview also said Woody would make him and a sibling lick the toilet as punishment and would hit one of the children on the penis for wetting the bed.
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