Jennifer Mothershead accused of blinding daughter by forcing bleach laced eye drops into eyes
Jennifer L. Mothershead, 29, appeared in a Tacoma, Washington court yesterday on charges of repeatedly exposing her toddler daughter’s eyes to bleach. Mothershead reportedly used eye drops laced with bleach and repeatedly put the drops in both of her toddler’s eyes. The alleged abuse caused her daughter to lose vision in her right eye. The alleged abuse came to light back in May 2011 but Mothershead was only arrested last Friday after a year long investigation.
Last year, in May 2011, Motherhead’s toddler was airlifted to a Seattle hospital for a head injury. The 14-month-old girl was also suffering from an eye infection. Hospital officials contacted the authorities because of suspected child abuse. When Pierce County Sherrif’s Deputies arrived, they examined a bottle of eye drops Mothershead had given hospital staff , which reportedly had a foul odor, and noticed that the liquid was so caustic, it burned their skin.
According to KEPR TV, Mothershead reportedly told hospital staff that the toddler fought stubbornly to receive the eye drop treatment.
The toddler was placed in CPS custody at the time. The toddler is now living with her biological father, but suffers permanent blindness to her right eye and reduced vision in the other.
The eye drop solution was sent to a lab and determined to be laced with a significant amount of bleach.
Mothershead is being held on a $150,000 bond and pleaded not guilty to first degree assault against a minor.