Ashley Collier accused of beating and starving toddler because she couldn't get any pot. Photo via Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
When a two year old toddler girl was brought into a hospital outside of St. Petersburg, Florida on Wednesday, medical personnel found that she had extensive injuries that were indicative of horrendous child abuse. The baby had blistering on her tongue and cracked lips which are signs of severe dehydration and malnutrition. She also had a broken left tibia and numerous bruises with swelling all over her body including her head. Some of the injuries could very well cause permanent disabilities for the child.
Neither the toddler’s name or her relationship to the woman who was watching her have been disclosed. Her caregiver, who may or may not be the toddler’s mother, has been arrested on charges stemming from gross neglect and severe child abuse. When police questioned the woman, 26 year old Ashley Collier, she initially said the toddler fell down the stairs but later admitted that she pushed her down the stairs herself. She also tried to excuse the abuse by claiming she was simply frustrated because she couldn’t get her hands on any marijuana. According to the St. Petersburg Times, after police arrested her, she got very upset and said the injuries were all the baby’s fault.
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