Mom charged in connection with toddler's death

July 21, 2011 12:56:58 PM PDT
A mother is facing charges after her toddler son died of injuries that police say were caused by her boyfriend. Shara Christine Scott, 24, is charged with injury to a child by omission. Back on February 16, according to court documents, her 23-month-old son Dakoda was unconscious and not breathing when he was taken to a Jacinto City fire station. Scott's boyfriend, Marco Anthony Gutierrez, 28, told paramedics Dakoda had fallen out of his crib and hit his head while Gutierrez was babysitting the child.

The baby had numerous bruises on his body. He was rushed to Texas Children's Hospital in critical condition, suffering from bleeding on his brain. Dakoda later died, and on February 17, Gutierrez, an amateur boxer, was charged with capital murder.

Accounts of alleged ongoing abuse are listed in the probable cause document, including statements from Scott that Gutierrez flicked the baby when he wouldn't stop crying and punished the toddler "a little too hard." She did not seek medical attention for Dakoda, even when he may have had a broken rib.

Scott and Gutierrez reportedly had a history of violent arguments, and Gutierrez told authorities that when they got mad at each other he would "take it out on Dakoda."

Jacinto City police say Scott was arrested Thursday morning. Bail has been set at $30,000 for the felony charge.

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