Social workers found a severely malnourished 5-year-old girl in a closet in her mother’s house July 18. The child is reported to have been starved and beaten due to her resemblance to her father.
Asusena Marie Gonzales has been arrested and charged with child abuse and neglect for the deplorable treatment of her 5-year-old daughter.
Weighing just 19 lbs, about half that of an average child her age, the girl was locked in a closet, starved, and beaten with a cord.
Social workers said five other children lived in the Oklahoma City home, but the 5-year-old was targeted because she looked most like Gonzales’ ex-lover, the child’s father. The couple had fallen out.
It was reported that the child was so painfully thin that her bone joints were clearly visible. Also, the young girl is said to have been found with still-bloodied marks along her arms and legs allegedly from a cord.