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Severely tortured toddlers mom and her boyfriend arrested

A 17 month old boy who had cooking oil, heated in a frying pan, poured on his genitals as well as beaten to the point of sustaining spinal injuries is recovering, but the extent of his injuries and whether or not he’ll be able to walk again have not yet been reported.

Perhaps the boyfriend and the mother don’t know what it feels like to be punched in the stomach by someone 15X bigger than you and have frying grease poured on their genitals and a hair-dryer used to burn off their skin, so I recommend that they find out. If it’s good enough for their baby, surely it’s good enough for them.

We are failing in protecting our most vulnerable. I don’t know what can be done, if anything, but it seems like this happens far, far too often. Once is too much.

And of course! — It happened in Florida. Surprise. Surprise.

The mother of an Apopka toddler severely burned and beaten was arrested today on one count of child neglect, police said.

Marlita S. Stokes, 23, was at work when her boyfriend Darlanne Toussaint, 24, used his fist to smash the 17-month-old’s chest and back, and a blow dryer to burn the child’s skin. The boy who suffered second-degree burns on his genitals, back, chest and head, is in stable condition at Florida Hospital Orlando this morning.

Toussaint was baby-sitting girlfriend Marlita Stokes’ two children at the couple’s home in the 1900 block of Nicole Lee Circle when the incident occurred Thursday morning, police said. The other child was not hurt.