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September 15th, 2011
04:22 PM ET

Police: Mom glued toddler's hands to wall before beating her into a coma

A 22-year-old Dallas mother has been charged with 'excessive' abuse after allegedly beating her 2-year-old into a coma.  The child abuse report includes charges of dragging the toddler by her feet into the kitchen, gluing her hands to the wall, and hitting her in the stomach with a jug of milk.   Brooke Baldwin is joined by Dallas Morning News crime reporter Tanya Eiserer, who has more details on this disturbing case.

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  1. frederick bronson

    this woman should be tied down in the desert and just left

    September 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  2. Kathie Gallardo

    Frederick. I understand your anger. But social problems like this are not solved by treating the mother as you suggest. We need to teach responsibility and accountability, and then to encourage people to help others. A possible scenario could be: someone befriending this woman and taking one of the children out once in awhile to give this woman a break and the feeling that someone cares. This helper person, once she becomes a friend, could lead this mother into ways of mothering that she obviously has no clue about. Keep in mind – she certainly wasn't given a good role model when growing up. We don't fix things by condemning people. Yes she should be punished (made accountable for her actions) but your 'solution' is just as bad as what she did. Hopefully this little girl will find a home where love is a daily experience.

    September 21, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  3. Charles

    Teach responsibility? Try teaching common sense.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  4. TPF

    If this happened in Florida, she would probably get mother of the year.

    September 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  5. glenda

    You can't help but want to hurt this woman for what she did to that baby. She'll get her pay back when she goes to prison. Many of those women have children, and doesn't like anybody that hurts children. This scum bag will get hers, and it will be ugly. She'll need medical care.

    September 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  6. jessica

    this is disgusting.

    September 22, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  7. DAISHI

    No Kathie Gallardo. This mother has lost her privilege of being a mother. Regardless of whether she had a role model or not, she has through cruelty forfeited her rights to parenthood.

    September 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
  8. john leddy

    Here is an example of one of the flaws of civilization. unfortunately we are not able to apply the law of lex talionis to this mutant mother.

    September 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  9. Kyle

    If it was a man, he'd be off to prison to be beaten and raped by the other inmates. What would you say if it was a man, Kathie? The same soft touch? No. Sorry, I'm with Frederick.

    September 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  10. Rob

    Gee another Casey Anthony canidate...

    September 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  11. Kevin

    Kathie – the very idea that you say a person needs to be taught to NOT glue a two year old's hands to the wall and hit them with a jug of milk makes me almost as sick to my stomach as the actions of this woman herself. Mommy is NOT the victim. I don't care that she needs "some me time". No person on this planet should EVER say that someone needs to be taught "responsibility and accountability" so that they don't abuse a two year old child. You do NOT need a role model to know that you don't abuse a child. All you need is a brain.

    September 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  12. Diane

    Maybe we need to be teaching parenting skills. A lot of child abuse is caused by parents who don't understand what is age appropriate behavior. They expect more from the child then the child is capable of. I'm not condoning the abuse, just suggesting one way that has been successful in preventing some of it.

    September 22, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  13. jonathan

    this woman is not fit to care for children and should relinquish her custody to responsible adults with the desire to nurture these children of need

    unfortunately that will not stop this woman or others like herself from procreating and recycling the mess we live around today

    the real solution is a long term approach of extremely high education standards to weed out these bad generations and their nasty habits like war mongering, slander, and many other paths to dissention

    let the justice system play its course and perhaps all of us would benefit from sprinkling our lives with true real bible based principles that are timeless when applied correctly

    not the politics of this world just the true principles of love and long suffering and the daily meditation required to attain true spiritual maturity

    September 22, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  14. Tina

    If this monster needs a break from children, perhaps she should keep her legs closed so as not to have any children. I could use a break myself but don't resort to beating my toddler to within an inch of his life. She deserves no mercy... She is not a mother... She is an incubator.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  15. Buttercups

    Like Frederick said...

    September 23, 2011 at 1:57 am |
  16. H. Cameron Chang

    How absolutely disgusting.

    My stomach turned when I read about the poor child punched in the stomach with a milk jug.

    There is NO excuse for child abuse. NONE.

    September 23, 2011 at 2:51 am |
  17. Art

    Frederick is not angry. He is just being Practical. You Kathy are being unrealistic. Once a person is into being that Evil, there is no hope. Maybe if she was loved or taught Love before this there might be a chance at redemption, but it's way past that.

    September 23, 2011 at 3:28 am |
  18. MEOOHMY

    Kathie so you're saying that we should rehabilitate this woman so she can become a mother again? I'm going with Frederick's idea.

    September 23, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  19. Ellen in CA

    This woman sounds like a psychopath who should be punished for what she did to this child. The child should be taken from her permanently. This woman should never be allowed around children again! She is no different than a sex offender who can violate a helpless child if given the chance. This case could have ended in the child's death, and still might.

    September 23, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  20. Ron

    I agree with Fredrick. This goes way beyond learning "responsibility and accountability". If the charges are true then this woman is evil.

    September 23, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  21. Susan

    I'd go with the desert idea. It would help because the child could get into a safe, loving home. The woman would not abuse again.

    September 23, 2011 at 9:14 am |
  22. Amanda Whiting

    I know I am not a perfect mother and made mistakes with my daughter but this just makes me sick. I am sorry but this woman does not deserve to be called a mother and needs to be on the table and made so that she can never have children again and this child I hope she finds a loving home with somebody who will treat her like a princess that she deserves to be.

    September 23, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  23. Sue

    I wonder Kathie how you know this woman didn't have good role-models growing up? What if she was raised in the most loving of families? Evil exists and it appears to exist in this woman as well.

    September 23, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  24. james

    I am thinking that she should lose all parental rights, and mandated sterilzation after a long lengthy prison stay of course.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  25. Nono

    @ Kathie Gallardo- This woman is a sociopath, sorry. I am all for rehabilitation, but gluing a child's hands to a wall and nearly beating them to death is more than just being stressed out. That was a torture session and the sign of someone who lacks a conscience. That child should never be in her hands again.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  26. b4itends

    This is a tragic story. No little child should endure this treatment. There are people who treat their dogs better then this child. I hope they get her a good home is she survives and therapy. For the mother they should just give her a hysterectomy so there is no children for her in the future.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  27. Shareon Rasbury

    The state needs to terminate her current pregnacy and steralize her at the same time. Then she should be locked away for a long, long time. She does not deserve another chance to be near the 4 children she has. My children are grown, and I'm sure they'd be the first to point out my mistakes, but they know, and have ALWAYS known how loved and special they are. Children deserve that.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  28. Draco

    Childbirth needs to be licensed. Mandatory tubal ligation until you can pass a parenting test and prove financial accountability. We don't let people drive without passing a test and having proof of financial responsibility, why should we let them have children.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  29. sabzy1000

    There are some people who should not be allowed to have children. Maybe we should consider requiring licenses to procreate just like we require people to get marriage licenses and drivers licenses.

    September 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  30. Scott M.

    It's articles like this that make me want to run home and hug my children. I certainly get angry at them for misbehaving, not eating, etc., but I can't think of anything that would make me so mad that I'd drag my little girl across the floor by her feet and basically punch her in the stomach, let alone glue her hands to the wall and beat her into a coma. Sorry Kathie, I agree with the other poster who said she has forfeited her rights as a parent. Don't want kids talking back to you and not giving you "me time"? Then DON'T HAVE KIDS. It's that easy. But then I guess she wouldn't get the tax breaks and increased welfare. So sad.

    September 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  31. c

    I'm with frederick bronson. I don't want my tax dollars going to waste by trying to teach this deadbeat idiot common sense and human decency. She is beyond rehab.

    September 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  32. Rhonda

    She'll be out of jail in no time to do this again, and if anyone listened to the story, she will as she's pregnant. So sad, really.

    September 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  33. Shaneeda Quit

    What did she use, superglue?

    September 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  34. Savannagh Story

    Um, how about birth control? Clearly this woman does not know how to parent a child. I mean a 3 year old WILL soil his/her pants, therefore beating her to death isn't going to help her change and NOT soil her pants.

    Now she is on to her 5 th kid. There are so many people who would make great parent, and would love to adopt.

    September 23, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  35. jerseygirl

    I'm just glad that she is too young too remember and will hopefully recover fully and be placed in a loving home. Wish I could have her.

    September 23, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  36. Steven

    No sympathy, no explanations, nothing. This decrepit person needs to be punished harshly, one way or the other.

    September 23, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  37. Jamesha

    Somebody in prison needs to do the EXACT same punishment to this stupid, sick young woman that she did to her helpless daughter. Screw the glue, the darn broken rib, broken leg, and concusion is what makes me sick! This girl was just mad because she wants to 2 yr old to be more independent because she has a 1 yr old to attend to not to mention that she's pregnant again. WTH?! A mother of 4 kids at 22?! This is why instead of mandating an HPV vaccine the government should mandate a 10 yr IUD!

    September 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  38. Tieken

    This should be punishable by death.

    September 23, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  39. Erica

    Diane, what age is considered "child appropriate" to glue a kids hands to the wall and beat them? Leaving this woman in the desert is too good for this toxic waste of a human being.

    September 23, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  40. John

    Texas has the proper laws for this individual. If this little one dies then a death row sentence will be set before the year end of 2012.

    Who should care for the health of this kid if not the society around it? We need some form of national healthcare to cover for this little one even though her mother will be rich from scandal propaganda and on tv daily in court.

    September 23, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  41. Scubachick

    All children deserve to be loved and to grow up feeling cherished. This little angel did NOTHING to deserve this and her mother owed her love and protection. I personally hope that this woman learns her lesson the hard way!

    September 23, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  42. CC

    Sad story. No child, regardless of age should go through what this toddler went through. I completely agree with everyone's response, MINUS, Kathie Gallardo's. As Kevin said, you don't need a role model to understand that child abuse is wrong. The mother shouldn't be able to see her child again, yes, it sounds rough, but she deserves it.

    September 24, 2011 at 12:16 am |
  43. stephanie

    I am a mother to a 2 year old and hell yeah I need some time to myself, which I don't get often. I often get stressed out as well but I will tell you what....I would rather die than any harm being inflicted on my baby. I love him more than I love anything in this world. And to say that this woman...I mean monster needs to be taught how to be a mother is ignorant! She is scum and this world would be better without people like her. I don't give a crap how she was raised! We all have our issues. Anyone who can hurt a child in the way that she has is not worthy of anything. She is an evil waste of space on this earth. I wish I could take care of her daughter and show her what a good life could be like

    September 24, 2011 at 12:41 am |
  44. George

    Perhaps Kathie would volunteer to be tied to this "mother" out in the desert, where she deserves to be left (as Frederick suggested).

    September 24, 2011 at 4:37 am |
  45. Dan Ari

    Don't just blame the mother. Hold her accountable, but if we just blame her, we ignore the people who were supposed to protect the child from an abusive mother. There are crazy people in this country, and there are evil people. This is why we have child protective services. Hold evil people responsible, but save some anger for CPS. And save some of that anger for the voters who gutted CPS in favor of other budget "priorities" like tax cuts for the rich ($1.7 trillion) and overseas wars.

    September 24, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  46. KimS

    Kathie Gallardo, why don't you find the free time to mentor her? I am sure you would feel completely comfortable with leaving your children around her, right? Especially, after you spent so much time helping her.
    Please! She is a loser, and should go to prison. Did you miss the bruises on her body and broken legs??? That is not being over-stressed, that is signs of evil. Can you imagine the screams of pain that young baby made when her own mom was breaking her legs??? No mercy.

    September 24, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  47. Chenoah Findley

    No way this woman needs to be taught or given compassion. If you can't handle having a child then you shouldn't have them. YEs it gets tough at times and you wanna rip your hair out but you should never and never do have an excuse to hurt a poor helpless little child. They look to you for support and love and abusing them is just sickening. I am with all those who say she should get maximum punishment. We seriously need to pass a law for a mental stability screening before people have children. I am so sick of seeing this stuff on the news.

    September 24, 2011 at 9:17 am |
  48. Billy Z

    "...made so that she can never have children again."
    I'm not defending this person – but the problem with medical punishment is once you go over the line – it will never end. Google Martin Niemöller.

    September 24, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  49. karianez

    Since our law does not provide for the death penalty for her...I would say life in a labor camp would be the next best choice. Until we stop kissing the butts of these child abusers looking for reasons "why"...the "why" does not matter...the deed is done...concentrate our efforts and resources on helping the victims rehabilitate NOT the offender.

    September 24, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  50. Meg

    She should be forced to have her tubes tied.

    September 24, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  51. minniesofa

    come on you want to teach a person not to glue a child`s hand to the wall, GET real,stressed out,walk away ,don`t glue her hands maybe i could even go for the stress out maybe,but glueing a 2 year old.LORD have mercy on us that we have came so selfish of a genaration , that we need to teach mothers, not to harm their children.I`VE ALWAYS HEARD IF YOU CAN`T STAND THE HEAT DON`T GO IN THE KITCHEN.BUT PLEASE WISE UP YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO TEACH ANYONE NOT TO GLUE SOMEONES HANDS TO A WALL.

    September 24, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  52. Outraged

    This is outrageous! This woman should not be allowed to have any more children.

    September 24, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  53. beaumaris2000

    This is likely the same kind of parenting that the mom experienced. Hopefully, the child winds up in good home.

    September 24, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  54. Elizabeth

    I think maybe this Kathie lady is a child abuser as well.....only those that condone or participate in BS like this believe that they need treatment, therapy, rehab, teaching, or what ever other pathetic excuse they can fathom to try to keep themselves out of trouble....I say glue her hands to the wall and beat her right back....see how she likes it the worthless, disgusting, trash that she is.

    September 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  55. Playjojo

    To go to this extent implies to me a sense of sick enjoyment, not losing control of slaps to the point of beating. (Still no exception!) The problem lies in they don't have to have their own, they remarry, or just get boyfriends with children. Like someone else said, a pedophile, rapist, whatever, they will lose control sooner or later and need to be kept away from the target of their problem.

    September 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  56. Laura

    I am a mother of 2 under 5 yrs old. I understand getting frustrated by your kids but NEVER have I EVER thought of hurting my children for ANY reason!!! This is completely UNACCEPTABLE!! It should not matter what the circumstances were and what this "mother" was going thru at the time. She should be prosecuted to the full extend of the law and hopefully someone will adopt this baby and treat her with all the love and care she DESERVES!!

    September 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  57. Mandy

    She really sounds like a psychopath or sociopath. This is not just a case of a mother getting frustrated. Kathie's comments make me sick! Attitudes and excuses like Kathie's are part of the reason that so many children are abused today. You really think that a possible solution is for someone to give her a "mommy's day out"? I'm thinking she is locked away with no interaction with ANY kids, including her own.

    September 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  58. Cleopatra

    I think she should be in jail till the baby that she delivers (which will be her fifth child) turn 18 years old. And the day she is conviced of child abuse, they should schedule her to have a hysterectomy.

    September 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  59. donna

    I'm also good with the leaving out in the desert idea

    September 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  60. moi

    Just let me have a few minutes alone with mommy dearest....and I won't even need a jug of milk.....

    September 24, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  61. Reader

    People like Kathie disgust me.

    September 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  62. Go2AZ

    Arizona keeps children who don't believe they have an adequate relationship with their parents. I am thinking the reverse would be true. She should go to Arizona and explain she is lacking an adequate relationship with the child. They will give the kid an attorney and a GAL, spend tens of thousands of dollars to keep them apart and call it a reunification plan, put the kid in independent living down the road. She shouldn't have soiled her hands in TX. Arizona is looking for families to tear apart even when there is no abuse at all. Kathie – I know you mean well. Your proposition needed to be implemented years and years ago before this child was even conceived.

    September 24, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  63. Tomasz

    (1) Can we please vote to stop subsidizing children? i.e. many low-income people have multiple children in order to collect the childrens' welfare benefits and other Government support, then using most of the money, SNAP and other assistance for themselves. And yes, non-citizens collect this too simply by showing a driver's license and/or false SS#.
    (2) Could Priests please encourage their flocks to stop having so many children? Many Latinos are Catholic and believe in large families, which is nice in good economic times, but should be discouraged in these difficult times.
    (3) Could we teach child care in High School, to Men and Women?
    (4) Could we teach birth control in High School to Men and Women?

    September 24, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  64. Brooke

    In addition to aggravated assault, how about charging her with attempted murder? Certainly seems there was depraved indifference to human life here.

    September 24, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
  65. Terrie Allen

    This "it" not a mother ! Needs the same thing done to her. Maybe just maybe instead of holding them and being their friend ! They should have done to them what they did to their children. We should involve the media and talk about it on the talk shows etc.... MAYBE the others out there would think twice about abusing and mistreating their gifts from God.

    September 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  66. Michele

    Is there such a thing as abuse that isn't excessive? And what on earth, there seems to be no end to the evil ways human beings will dream up to torture each other, even our own precious babies.

    September 24, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  67. mitch

    Wow- 4 kids and she's pregnant with a 5th- all at the age of 22. What's really not working is the welfare system. As long as we allow people to have as many children as they want because it's their "job" we will continue to see these kind of problems. The poverty cycle and child abuse will go on forever.

    September 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  68. Shirley

    James,
    James – I Ilike your answer. Succinct!. I raised 4 children starting when I was young and poor and had no family. They're all over 21 now. I had only 2 instances that I'm ashamed of: 1) slapped my teenage daughter (at the time) once for total disrespect and 2) I don't remember what started this but I called my 12 year old son "fat pig". These thinmgs occurred years ago and I still regret them. All of the kids turned out fine, no thanks to me, but I loved them. Nothing excuses what was done to her daughnter.

    September 25, 2011 at 12:03 am |
  69. miche1

    This makes me want to wake my kids up just to hug them!!!

    September 25, 2011 at 1:04 am |
  70. SpeakingOUT

    If you past consist of abuse and that's all you know, then it must be TAUGHT.

    September 25, 2011 at 1:15 am |
  71. Frank P. Grande

    A tragedy has occured. No amount of prevention will ever stop child abuse unless mandatory parenting classes become law. I would like to see an investigation of facts concerning the Casey Anthony trial as to how she is now living in a free society instead of a prison.

    September 25, 2011 at 6:28 am |
  72. Val

    Its hard to believe that some people still think that a god has something to do with placing children in the hands of people, especially people like this. If you believe this then you must believe that your god is very cruel. A child is beaten within an inch of her life for doing what 2 year olds do (soiling her pants) but we think it's too CRUEL to sterilize people???? Time to rethink this issue.

    September 25, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  73. Kobi

    Kathy.....I will gladly "befriend" this "woman".....and then promptly drive her out to the desert and leave her, as Frederick suggests. How can you even empathize with someone who has willfully TORTURED a toddler?????? There is NO excuse in the world, and no punishment seveere enough for this woman, except maybe to do as Frederick suggests, or put her in prison where others will "take care" of her. You should be more concerned with the counseling this poor child will need. Imagine what this little girl must feel having been brutalized by her "so called" mother????? Who knows how many other times this witch has beaten this poor little girl and her siblings?? This is reality, so wake up and smell the coffee.....there ARE evil people in the world, and they have no business reproducing or having any contact with innocent children! NUFF SAID!!!!!!

    September 25, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  74. MomOf3

    Kathie – the type of mentality you site is exactly what is wrong with the way people treat one another today. The mentality that we can 'fix' everyone with therapy or rehabilitation is incorrect. Some people are broken, in that they have a brain disorder that can't be medicated or talked away through therapy. And the fact that you are saying that this behavior is possibly the result of her childhood is further evidence that we are creating another generation of individuals that refuse to take responsibility for their actions...'it was my parents/school/teachers/pastors (insert your person here) fault I beat my child. That's absurd, and dangerous! I certainly hope you are just an over-educated person with time on their hands to post on this site and not a person in a position to 'help' people.

    September 25, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  75. Ella

    Kathie – If it was the child's father that did this to her imagine what people would want then. I wish she could go to jail, and never be allowed contact with her child again. If only there was a way within the law to stop her being able to inflict this on any future children.

    September 25, 2011 at 9:36 am |
  76. winston

    this woman should never be allowed to see this child again and should have her ovaries removed or tubes tied or whatever. She is probably a victim of extreme abuse herself so... never again, or it will be societies fault at that point

    September 25, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  77. Lady Morgahnna

    This woman and others like her should be sterilized so they cannot bring any more children into the world. The state should demand it. And she should spend the rest of her life doing hard labor, and not the giving birth kind of labor.

    September 25, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  78. Melodie

    NO ONE needs to be taught how to be kind and loving to any human being let alone your own child. This woman is disgusting and certainly does not deserve her little child. It makes me cringe to think that there are those who think that a mother needs to be taught to love and care for her child. It is these kinds of bleeding hearts who have left children in dangerous situations with undeserving parents.

    September 25, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  79. mominsd

    As a mother of a 3 year old, I have had many many instances of being frustrated and have left the room in order to scream or punch a pillow. But, I have nearly 15 years of seniority over this abuser. I also know that I have additional resources (family and friends) that I can turn to when I'm at my wit's end.
    With age comes patience, maturity, and experience. At 22, I was out with friends, buying clothes and enjoying being a single, young woman. These repeated cases of child abuse at the hands of very young parents only proves the point that many young adults don't have the maturity or empathy to raise kids unless they have a strong family or support system in place. This woman (with 3 additional kids!!) snapped and this poor baby paid a terrible price. The state will be doing her children a horrible diservice if they are ever returned to her.

    September 25, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  80. Pete

    Kathie Gallardo-why do you think this "human" even deserves a second chance or deserves rehab?? You dont have to be a rocket scientist to realize some things are just right and some things are just wrong...she deserves to be throw on a giant glue trap and left to rot.
    People like her lose their chance once they cross that line. The whole process probably took a bit of time. She could have stopped the second she grabbed the glue

    September 25, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  81. gyg

    There are More and More of these cases every single year. It truly is a shame that this is where our society has degraded to. I hope this little girl, her siblings, and the one her mother is pregnant with are never given back to her. They should have mandatory sterilization for monsters like this.

    September 25, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  82. Gary L

    Kathy G..... are you for real? They need to lock this sorry excuse of a mother away for a while. And certainly keep this little girl as far away from her as possible.

    September 25, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  83. virginiaws7

    This woman does not need to reproduce any more children, she already has 4 and another on the way. I was never in favor of forced sterililzation, but in this case, I am now in favor of women like her NOT to have any more children.

    September 25, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  84. marcodolo

    oh that poor child, hopefully she comes out of the coma and I hope there is no permanent damage and goes on to have a wonderful life

    September 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  85. Chris

    "frederick bronson

    this woman should be tied down in the desert and just left"

    And Kathie Gallardo should be tied down with her so that she will have plenty of opportunity to show her caring.

    September 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  86. Bill

    I would like to sit on that jury, she needs to lose all of her parental rights. This bit@h will NEVER have parental skills or a mother's heart. She is living proof that you can't fix STUPID!

    September 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  87. Pam from Cali

    This woman doesn't deserve to be called a Mother and she's pregnant again? So tragic for these children and it reminds me of the Casey Anthony case...what kind of message is being sent from the justice system that it's ok to abuse, beat to death our children or even kill them? Hopefully, SHE does not get off scott free ike Casey!!

    September 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  88. AGrey

    Pregnant again? Sterilize this woman!

    September 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  89. Lou

    You need a license to catch shellfish, but nothing to be a parent.

    September 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  90. TheMovieFan

    Family Values State.

    September 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  91. Sunshine 100

    Trial. (Hopefully) conviction. Sterilization. Amputate one hand as a reminder of what she did to the child. Prison for life without parole. No tv. No exposure to any media which depicts children. No educational classes. Reading materials (all): Bible and Torah and Koran only – if she can read. Any other suggestions?

    September 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  92. cheryl N.

    If someone who has the power to do so does not seek justice for the dependent ,and innocent little girl here ,and the many others we never even know about,we as a society are failing. This mother deserves to be punished for this,not given leeway and excuses of her troubled psych. Because she just damaged not only the psyche,but the very core of this precious person who looked to her mom for protection. PLEASE someone see the childrens side first.It is happening way way too much and is so SICK !!!!!!

    September 25, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  93. Billy Boy

    Agreed with Frederick. This is one of those crimes that have no explanantion besides being purely evil (or psychotic). Don't care about her upbringing at this point. Even a passive observer of our society should know that you just can't do that regardless of how they were treated as a kid. If she is not proven to be nuts by a good psychiatrist, then she desreves, at least, decades in prison and mandatory sterilization, at most death penalty without opportunity for appeal...

    September 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
  94. Kay

    Simple as this...she deserves to endure the same thing she put her child through...

    September 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  95. TG

    This is one area where these sound off columns can easily make us all look out of place. I wouldn't think for one minute that the same rage that drove this woman to doing what she did...does not exist in each one of us! Self-Control must be modeled and practiced all the time. In these scenarios it is sad when a child happens to be on the receiving end of it all. Under law – Yes she should receive her due punishment by a governing body and not by anyone one individual. Second to that she should receive discipline in self-control, assuming of course she is of sound mind and body (no drug influence, etc...), otherwise she obviously would have other rehabilitation needs to go along with it.

    September 25, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  96. Bob

    This case and the dozens more a year like it are why schools should teach social interaction (including sex ed). Saying "it's up to the parents to teach that" is BS. In the vast majority of these cases, the kids were raised in what neighbors would approvingly call "a deeply religious family". Unfortunately, people who follow the Bible (or the Koran or whatever) genuinely believe in "spare the rod, spoil the child" and tend to raise bullies and future abusers. It's not until they end up killing their child (or very nearly) that the police will step in because of the same attitude ("who am I to tell someone how to raise their child?"). Only once the abuser gets to court will they be shocked to find there is no "Bible defense". Your religion may encourage you to beat your child, but the law doesn't allow it as a defense any more than "the devil made me do it".

    September 26, 2011 at 1:42 am |
  97. Ronofva

    This mother need be nuterd and branded so she never has a chance to be around another child within her lifetime. Makes me sick to my stomach this story does.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:22 am |
  98. pt

    i understand what Kathie said. This woman probli suffered frm postpartum depression. Bt its too late for the little girl who will now be put into a system that cares less about her than the mom. I have friends who foster abused children and these poor kids are ruined before they know their abc's!! You want to hurt the people who pretty much murder who they were gonna be. But we can't thats nt out job. Ours is to try to be better to each other.. bt it's nt a perfect world yet.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:24 am |
  99. Sheri

    This women should be friends with Casey Anthony. This women should never see her kid again..And while she is in prison they will beat her, or kill her..Even criminals have NO TOLERANCE for any crime hurting a child. Some of the lifers will not give a dam there is no more the system can take from them and they will kill this poor excuse for umane being..

    September 26, 2011 at 6:20 am |
  100. Alyssa

    To the people suggesting forced sterilization, I'm not sure how much more unconstitutional you can get. I agree that this woman shouldn't see her children again, and should be jailed for the harm that she did to this particular child. But you can't go removing uteruses without consent. Sorry folks.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  101. Srikant Varma

    I have always maintained that people should have a license to have children (like the line from that one movie). If the behavioral test they are subjected to finds that the individual has even a slight chance of abusing their children – no license. It completely turned my stomach to reach this article – I have children and I could never imagine treating them like this no matter how angry – how awful !

    September 26, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  102. Andrew

    At this moment, someone in Child Protective Services will be working up a plan to reunite this child with her mother. Wish I was kidding.

    September 26, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  103. Southerner

    That woman deserves what Frederick suggested, or even worse. I'd amend his suggestion to leaving her tied up on a fire and mound.

    September 26, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  104. Heather

    She should have never had kids. If she couldn't handle taken care of a little one she should have never spread her legs. I have a 5 yr old and I could never do that to her in my life. This really turned my stomach. This mother should never be able to see her kids again.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  105. Ego Sum Lamia

    HHMMM! Maybe the Pro-Life supporters can help re-educated her on the proper way to care for children. NO WAIT! They are only concerned with the fetus. MY BAD.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  106. khornn

    Just glad this happened in Tx and not some other state. She will get what she deserves with a harsh punishment. I have 3 children to her 1 and i have never beaten my children for having an accident. And saying that she needs to be taught to be a good understanding parent and that she didnt have a good role model is a completely rediculous thought. I didnt have a father figure in my life except to beat me and my mother was very distant. I know how to take care of my children and not abuse them, its part of being a parent and i definately didnt learn it from my parents.

    September 26, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  107. laura

    If only I could adopt that baby....she would know she was loved every second of every day.

    I saw the headline and didn't want to click, but I thought this poor baby lived through this horror, the least I can do is hear her story and offer some kind of support....I'm sitting at work with tears in my eyes; I cannot fathom treating another human being this way but especially a child who is depending on her mother to care for her and love her. What an utter betrayal and how truly heartbreaking.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  108. thining the herd

    This is a shining example of why child bearing should require passing a certification license and sanity test.
    This woman should have her hands glued to a public wall and then allow any passerby to beat her into a coma.

    Time to thin the herd.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  109. Joe Average

    Somebody please "fix" this woman. Tie her tubes. She just gave up the right to reproduce. Where the heck is the father? He gave up his right to reproduce too by not being in this child's life. And don't reply with any religious guidance. If there was a God this would never happen to a child. A child is the ONLY innocent person on this planet, too young to be tainted by this sometimes mean spirited world.

    The gov't needs to offer free or very low cost tube tying and vasectomies to anyone and everyone and to encourage it for anyone accepting welfare or other gov't assistance. If you're poor you certainly can't afford a child!!!

    September 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  110. T.rex

    Before we jump down this woman's throat, lets find out what the child did, first.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  111. Tricia

    Very well said Kathie Gallardo!

    September 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  112. c

    sociopath, pyschopath...all of the above. This is not the first time this child has endured torture this is just the first time we are hearing about it. so sad. and Kathie taking a break is putting your child in a safe place then walking away for a few minutes not beating them w/in a inch of their life...what an idiot you are!

    September 26, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  113. Inga

    Either Kathie is a troll looking to get a rise out of us, or she is just as evil and abusive for trying to take up for such madness. Birds of a feather....

    September 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  114. Rhonda

    This woman obviously has some psychiatric problems – anyone who'd do that to their child can not be sane. Who knows what this woman's story is? A car accident or a fall, even years ago, could have left her with a brain injury that led to this. WHO KNOWS? NO ONE. So I agree with some of what Kathy is saying. We shouldn't be so quick to judge.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  115. Dancinbear

    To Kathie. I can somewhat understand your sympathy. But at the same time, she didn't spontaneously slap her too hard..she performed numerous acts of violence on this child. She doesn't need a friend, she needs a sparring partner. If she puts a picture of herself and her target-child on Facebook and asks why all of these obstacles have been placed in her life, why doesn't she get voluntarily sterilized. Unfortunately, the damage is done and she has three other children and in her first trimester with another. This is an oft repeated scenario that will never end, so it needs to be dealt with somehow. I honestly don't know the answer, though.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  116. Todd

    There is no defense for what the mother did to her child, and there should be no forgiveness for her either. There is no place in civilization for this woman.

    September 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  117. mmit

    Kathie, what are you talking about? You're giving pity to a mother who thinks it's okay to glue her child's hands to the wall and then beat her? I was a very young mother, 19, when I had my first child. A little stressful and tiring to say the least, but when I felt overwhelmed I stopped and called my mother for help! That's what normal people do!!! This evil person, I won't even call her a mother, deserves everything she gets when locked up!

    September 26, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  118. JustJoy

    Articles like this make me so mad! I am unable to have children and I get so angry at these people who have children and don't appreciate them. I feel so sad for those poor children.

    September 26, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  119. Julie

    Kathy you are way off base, as is anyone who says she didn't know better. The mom is obviously a complete idiot, incompetent mother, abuser and completely unfit to parent. She should be locked up, but than again look a the justice system and Casey Anthony. All we can do is pray for these kids and hope that they can grow up away from this mom. But this mom is preganant with her 5th child. She should be forced to have a hysterectomy!

    September 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  120. PC

    Its really sad, when there are so many women going for IVF or adopting children and then there is these other category who cant take care of their children. Why dont they just put up their kids for adoption if they are so frustrated..

    September 26, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
  121. gene

    I just love the fact the news anchor reports it as "excessive" child abuse like there is such a thing a non-excessive child abuse the kind that's ok

    September 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  122. Mark Taylor

    II have this friend, he's a Saudi and I've learned all about how the law is enforced in Saudi Arabia. It this had happened there this woman would today be about 6 inches shorter and while that sounds horrific, it's appropriate and people take notice as to what is and what is not acceptable. I'm no Muslim and I never will be but I do see some of the merits of their justice system. Sure, their legal system has some flaws but it also has far far less horrific crime. We're far too soft in the West and especially the US. We think too much about "what motivated the the poor perpetrator do behave so appallingly" and not enough about victims and making examples of people who do things that are unacceptable in any culture. Shorten this woman by six inches in a public way and I guarantee this sort of abuse will trend in a good way. I never thought I'd agree with something like that but it does make sense, especially for something like this.

    September 27, 2011 at 6:05 am |
  123. Name*joey garcia

    Bring back hangings! How can a mother carry a child for 9 mths. Love and care for the child,then to kill or severely injured the child. Hang her ,good roll of rope will be cheaper then a day in jail.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  124. jonny

    Another case of an unwanted child being abused. This case is mostly the fault of the pro-life freaks. Maybe they will adopt this poor child. Naah, they only care about the unborn right up until they are born.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  125. Jeff

    Take the child away and force her to be sterilized.

    September 27, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  126. volksmaniac

    I'd be happy to glue her hands to the back bumper of my truck and take her for a walk in the park .

    September 27, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  127. Robert

    She needs to experience the same.

    Just a cruel mother!!!!!!

    Hope she goes to jail........

    And the todler gets a new home!!!!!

    Barbaric individual

    September 27, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  128. Outraged in Tennessee

    This woman is an evil monster who needs to be dealt with in the same way she punished her two year old child. There's no hope of rehabilitation for her. She's past the point of no return.

    September 27, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  129. Aaron L.

    Life in prison for ruining the life of that child. That child will never grow up normal after this.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:46 am |
  130. Mary K

    Gluing the child's hands to the wall is a clue this woman cannot be taught responsibility. Pre-meditated abuse, not sudden anger. The woman is inherently evil and needs to be put away.

    September 27, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  131. motherof3

    Some people should never be allowed to breed. Her mother should be charged with attempted murder, torture, gross negligence and excessive child abuse. I hope the mother never gets to leave prison. No excuse to EVER treat a child like this.

    September 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  132. zwizard

    RE: Kathie Gallardo

    Frederick. I understand your anger. But social problems like this are not solved by treating the mother as you suggest. We need to teach responsibility and accountability, and then to encourage people to help others. A possible scenario could be: someone befriending this woman and taking one of the children out once in awhile to give this woman a break and the feeling that someone cares. This helper person, once she becomes a friend, could lead this mother into ways of mothering that she obviously has no clue about. Keep in mind – she certainly wasn't given a good role model when growing up. We don't fix things by condemning people. Yes she should be punished (made accountable for her actions) but your 'solution' is just as bad as what she did. Hopefully this little girl will find a home where love is a daily experience.

    Typical Liberal thinking. While you are sending be nice and send a teacher to the Arab Millitants and they will stop killing us. Be nice to the person thats robbing and raping someone and he will be sweet and stop that. The Bible said when people did certain sins or crimes as we have them today, raping, kidnapping, murder, etc they were to be taken outside the city and stoned to death. Thus you put evil from among you. By the way there was no test to see if the stones were the ones that would not hurt when they hit either. They suffered punishment. That is what we patterned our laws after. Now we have to be nice to them and bearly able to execute in any way that might cause them a little pain. How about the victim. Who cares about a little girl or person that is the victim?

    September 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  133. mt

    @Kathie Gallardo – While I totally agree with you that is many cases parents could benefit from parenting classes, help from friends and neighbors and other such interventions, in a case like this, there is no way that those types of things would have helped. This woman is either just pure evil or she is very very mentally ill. No normal person would have done what she did, regardless of how frustrated, depressed or over the edge they were. Normal people who would benefit from help might spank a kid or scream at them or put them in their room for hours on end, but they would not glue the kid to the wall and beat them into a coma. She should be put in prison forever. Period.

    @zwizard – I am a liberal and I think that the proper punishment would be an eye for an eye. Someone should be her into a coma. Unfortunately that isn't allowed, so life in prison or the death penalty would be fine with me. Not all liberals are tolerant of evil.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  134. Rod in Texas

    This is when mandatory sterilization should be legal. She should be taken to a hospital, thrown on an operating table, and WITHOUT PAIN MEDS, be cut open and all of her reproductive organs should be ripped out of her body so she can never reproduce another child. Come on Rick Perry, you closed your eyes and allowed an innocent man to be put to death in 2004, perhaps you can make up for it by putting this woman down.

    September 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  135. LJs mom

    I never post comments to things I see on the internet, but this has me absolutely disturbed! How can that woman have a child and treat her like that? I agree with many of the other comments that she should have her hands glued to a wall and then take the same beating/abuse that she inflicted on her helpless child! That is the most disgusting thing and this woman should be put away FOR GOOD and that little girl should be given the chance to grow up in a home with love and kindness so she understands that the whole world isn't like her mom! I hope she finds a good home with loving parents....this woman is not a parent, she just happened to have a child. She should not be allowed anywhere near another child EVER!

    September 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  136. Deb

    It is the 21st century and these idiot women still don't use birth control. I blame the men and the Catholic Church TOO. This chick is not married, kids with different fathers all to get government assistance I am sure and the nut case is pregnant AGAIN. How about mandatory sterilization. Five children at 22 years old is more than enough. I don't care how hard her life was. Why do we allow people like this to bring children into the world? These poor kids will be doomed to repeat their mother's life if they stay with her (which ain't going to happen). They will never be good people, decent citizens and have a chance at some kind of life unless they get away from her and into a positive, caring, loving home.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  137. NoDoubt

    She's a product of her upbringing. Her own mother probably neglected/ abused her. To start having babies at 15 and KEEP ON HAVING THEM is crazy. I never understood this about other women. Having one child by accident is one thing. But I don't understand why they keep having more and more children with men that could care less.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  138. jean

    You reap what you sow...I don't think that she should receive the same punishment as she gave to her daughter, but only the victim would know. From a Christian point of view, she should be forgiven by the victim and let God avenges for her.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  139. Doug

    She should be sterilized and then imprisoned. That way she would not be allowed the opportunity to ever do this again.

    September 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  140. becky

    There is absolutely no excuse for what this monster did. That poor, innocent, little angel, I hope this poor excuse of a human being, let alone "mother", gets what is coming to her. Maybe the prisoners she will be locked up with can hit her with a jug of milk, or glue her hands. There is not enough punishment in this world for her and she does not deserved to be called "Mommy".
    My daughter is my entire world, children are a gift from God, they should be cherished, not punished.

    September 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  141. Kaye Hutchins

    "Excessive Abuse"? Is there an acceptable level of abuse??

    September 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  142. Bill

    We need to require breeding licenses.

    September 27, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  143. angrynotmad7

    A woman of this age should not have these many children. Having a child when being a child is like never growing up to the mother of a child. The torcure she put this daughter through is unforgiveable. I would see that everyone of these children were with their biological fathers or adopted. I also would see that this woman is never allowed to have another child but to give this one that she is carrying for adoption also. She should never be allowed what so ever to be allowed to be in or around any child since this mishap took place or having the right supervision when she is seeing her children.

    September 27, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  144. DJ

    this is appauling, but things like this happen everyday, ever other minute a child is abused. raise awarness. and dont abuse the parents liek they did there kids

    September 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  145. SM

    everyone keeps saying she's a monster and she's a psychopath, and I could buy that if child abuse (even to this degree) was extremely rare in our society. But it isn't. People do terrible things like this to their own children and I read it about it ALL THE TIME. That suggests to me that we as a society have a problem. We condone and accept and celebrate violence all the time in movies, games, and our culture of war. We allow and tolerate regular spanking of kids. This is extreme, but DCFS and other agencies see atrocities like this frequently so I turn the blame back to us. How does this happen? What have YOU done to support a stressed family? Are you part of a community that knows each other and helps each other? I think that before condeming this woman (who we all agree committed an atrocity) we shoudl learn what this can teach us all and not let another child get beaten or die in vain.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:29 am |
  146. canuck

    she should get an abortion, i don't know why people like her are allowed to reproduce in the first place

    September 28, 2011 at 2:13 am |
  147. Scared

    I am an opponent of the death penalty, but I think there are some crimes that deserve it, even if the victims does not actually die. This is definitely one of those.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:59 am |
  148. The One Who Knows

    Five bucks says she gets off with a light sentence...if for nothing more than gender. A woman killed and dismembered a 10 year old girl and only got FOURTEEN years...tell me I'm wrong!

    September 28, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  149. Bill

    This is a disgusting sort of crime crime that is all too common in places like Florida and Texas and.....but, let's see what Tricky Ricky has to say about yet another Texas source of pride.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  150. Jamie W.

    For those opining that the mom must have had a rough upbringing and didn't know better – I was abused badly, and guess what? My kids are not abused. Ever. ABUSIVE PARENTS MAKE A CHOICE TO ABUSE.

    Considering she's pregnant with a fifth child at the age of 22, I'd hazard a guess that her real problem is a combination of impulse control, immaturity, selfishness, and plain old meanness. Every one of those poor kids should go to a loving home, including the one not born yet – and she should be cut off from welfare for the rest of her life, if we can't require her to be sterilized.

    Pray the little girl recovers and can have a normal life as the cherished daughter of wonderful parents.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  151. Lynn

    WOW!.................4 KIDS and she is only 22 years old .............AND PREGNANT again!

    September 28, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  152. wise soul in a young body

    I'm so tired of ppl using some tragic part of their life as an excuse for their wrong doing.Putting the blame on anyone or anything other than themselves because its easier for them that way aka they don't feel bad for doing whatever bad thing that they know in their head is really wrong.It's such a bs copout & I know this for a fact since I've had more than a lifetime of bad events happen to me since I can rmr.You name it & most likely I had it happen to me,it was always 1 messed up thing happening right after another.By the time I was 19 I had ppl in their late 40 telling me how I knew more about life than they did & the lessons that life had taught me already,they themselves were bearly learning/figuring out.When ppl hear a little about my past they say things like "I can't believe you haven't gone crazy" or "that you haven't gone on a killing spree yet" or "that your still alive" but the thing ppl say the most that always makes me laugh is "I can't believe you ain't hating the world & everyone in it.That you can still keep pushing forward,working hard & doing good instead of using your past as an excuse to do whatever the heck you feel like,not caring if someone eles gets hurt ".I'll tell you all the samething I tolled them,it's called my choice & I choose not to.I take full responsibility for any & all of my actions because they are mine & mine alone.Yeah there are plenty of things that happen to ppl everyday that are out of their control but its how they choose to react to them that matters afterwards.Btw nobody needs to teach these ppl or anybody really,the difference between right & wrong because it's something ppl grow up knowing already from that feeling we get inside.I will leave saying 1 last thing tho,to all the ppl who use their past hardships as an excuse to get away w/causing others pain/sadness,rmr what that hardship felt like to you & how you wish it hadn't happen.Knowing that feeling & how terrible it is,why on earth would you want anybody eles to ever feel it,to feel that way & more importantly why would you be the 1 to do it?

    September 28, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  153. realist

    Sometimes when an animal is broken it has to be put down. People are animals too, and this one is broken.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  154. nocomment

    this just makes me want to cry...i have a 6 year old granddaughter and if ANYBODY did ANYTHING like this to her i would be in jail...this women needs to be beat down like the animal she is...i have to go home and hug my granddaughter.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  155. dm

    If this woman actually did the things she is accused of, I hope that she is evaluated and treated/tried. One question: Where is the father? In my experience, some women who struggle with parenting do not have an adequate support system or dailly life assistance. Remember, for the most part it takes two people to make a child (especially those of you making comments about her having sex–the abstinence/safe sex/parenting responsibilities do not apply to women alone).

    September 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  156. Kelly

    Is it not normal for a two year old to soil herself she was just probally learning, what would make a peson do such a horrible thing to a 2 year old. what is wrong with people today

    September 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  157. Sharron - Tulsa

    There is NO excuse for this... ABSOLUTELY NONE. I have no idea what will become of this woman but she should NEVER see this child again. Can anyone say "Casey Anthony"? Unless we want to be reading about another Caylee Anthony this child should be permanently taken away and all rights dissolved. I raised 2 children by myself, (it was not easy) never beat them, and never had any assistance from family or the State of Oklahoma. When a woman has a child she should be aware the father (aka sperm donor) can bail and needs to be prepared to raise the child and/or children on her own. Once again, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON, under ANY circumstances, a child should/would be treated like this. When I think and read about all the people in this country struggling to have a child and, how grateful they would be to have this baby, it makes me sick. The people at large would be outraged if this happened to a dog so I hope this beautiful and innocent baby gets the same respect. An eye for a eye would be good in this case. My prayers go to this sweet little angel.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  158. angie

    This lady is a sick sorry excuse for a human!! And this crazy chic Kathie is saying we need to teach responsibility and accountability to mothers?? My parents taught me to be responsible and to be accountable for my actions. With her saying that, doesn't it make you wonder if she is abusing her own kids and trying. To justify her abuse??? She sure seems sympathetic to the mother in the story. For when a mom needs a little me time they have these people called babysitters. Gluing your child to a wall and beating them should automatically mean life in prison!!!

    September 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  159. cfirestar2

    this is what happens when you force a woman to go give birth when termination of the pregnancy is made difficult,you get woman who do not want to be mothers resenting the poor child till she blows and kills or maimes the child,better she terminated the pregnancy early then either she or the poor child go through this.

    September 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  160. Acaxochitl

    Well I can't believe Kathie had the nerve to use her real name to post such a thoughtless comment. If the little 2 yr old could talk, do you think she'd agree with Kathie or with Frederick? It's unfortunate that people who think like Kathie are running our country. That's why there's so much crime. Cause the punishment does not fit the crime. Sickos can do what they want and get away with it because the poor things need therapy..... gimme a break....

    September 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  161. Tom

    Kathy,

    This lady didn't just snap. This was premeditated. When you drag a kid and then glue their hands to a wall takes time. Then you slam them with a full gallon of milk? This lady deserves everything she gets. She didn't just "snap".

    September 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  162. bruceben9

    i think kathie needs a time out. what makes a person think this poor excuse of a human being should ever again be allowed near children.

    September 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  163. rsmik

    Another reason for welfare reform. As long as this woman continues to fit the demographic criteria for welfare, she will continue to have children paid for by the government in addition to her housing, electric, gas, food, cable, internet, telephone, furnishings, clothing, and medical benefits the working class can only dream about.

    September 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  164. Heather

    I bet she gets food stamps, WIC, and all kinds of welfare too. Abort her pregnancy, send her kids to live with a loving family, and lock her up and throw away the key!!!

    September 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  165. kay

    Kathie Gallardo, I must say i disagree with you. If this woman has such a misconception of parenting, she likely cannot be taught the proper way to treat a child. This is one of the cases where the child should be removed from the care of the parent for the child's own good. The poor little love is obviously not going to recieve proper treatment from this woman, and she needs to be placed in a loving home where she will not be traumatised. Anyone who believes that dragging a child, gluing them to anything or otherwise binding them to a central location and beating them in any manner is clearly an unfit parent and should be denied further contact with their child/children for the protection of their children.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  166. Megapril

    As some others have asked... Where is the Father in all of this? As this woman has had multiple "men" impregnate her I can only assume that she may not know or care. As a single Father of three I find this womans behavior unfathomable to me, I know this type of thing happens all the time, but it is still impossible to comprehend. This woman does not deserve any kind of life, whether it be her childrens or her own. I hope these kids all find someone who will love and cherish them.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  167. Bella

    Sometimes people are compared to animals, but as someone very wise once told me: comparing humans to an animal is a disgrace....to the animal. I wish, even though it is so unrealistic, that people had to undergo psychological testing before they could have a child- then children could live in a much better world. My prayers go out to that little angel.

    September 29, 2011 at 2:21 am |
  168. Dolly Lama

    More important than this is the overall big picture. Yes it was wrong. Yes she deservers severe punishment. But the big question is why. Why are we hearing of these horrible things. What is causing them. That is the big question that needs answering. Why is the question that requires support mechanisms for mentally disturbed people, angry, depressed or whatever to have resources to turn to before acting out. The acting out ruins their life and those they act out against. We need resouces for them to turn to first. The why needs to be answered. Is it allergies, fast food chemicals changing brain waves to angry. It happens that some people eat so poorly or the wrong foods that there thoughts turn violent, or sad, or angry. Then we need to build mechanisms to deal with it.

    September 29, 2011 at 2:41 am |
  169. Charles B

    This is just sick, what is wrong with people

    September 29, 2011 at 5:50 am |
  170. dtmedic

    Lots of people have rough childhoods...they don't go around gluing their kids to the wall so that they can beat them within inches of their lives...the fact that this human baby factory (who undoubtedly is living off of your and my tax dollar) has 4 children and a 5th on the way is beyond comprehension. The fathers appeared in court to request custody and would have "home studies" done to see if any of the kids could be placed with their fathers. Good luck with that...wonder how many of them were concerned about their kids BEFORE this happened. You can't tell me that this was an isolated incident with this mother...I'll bet the other kids could tell some tales that would raise the hairs on the back of your neck too. Forced sterilization for this woman should be mandatory.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  171. Duh

    jonny, last time I checked abortion is legal. Fail.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  172. EarlGrayHot

    Sickening. This mother needs to be locked up permanently. It doesn't matter if she doesn't understand what behavior is age appropriate-no behavior justifies what she did to her daughter. She deserves the harshest possible punishment including the death penalty.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  173. JHL

    Mom is 22 with 4 children ranging in age from 7 to 1. She is now pregnanat with her 5th child, all of this before she has reached the age of 23. There are multiple fathers involved but apparently no marriage.

    There's a lot of anger, revenge mongering, and/or liberal hand wringing over this woman and her situation. Really?

    Her kids, including the one yet to be born, should be placed with someone else as her lack of fitness to be a mother shouldn't be an open question (liberal protestations to the contrary notwithstanding); she should serve time for her crimes against the 2 year old; and when she gets out, she can get a "fresh" start unencumbered by 5 kids.

    Of course it's likely she'll just start over, but maybe she can get some birth control guidance, unless that's against her religious upbringing which beliefs apparently didn't extend to the lesson about not torturing one's children.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  174. rose helen myers

    my gosh! maybe she had an upset stomach,a flu bug,or something her loving mother cooked for her.even adults have accidents.when her parents get old and she might have to be caregiver to them,what will she do to them when they have an accident,and they will!!! no she cannot and should not be rehabilitated.unfortunately no law is out there that can order sterilization on her type.my mother cat had a litter of kittens and she is more loving and caring than this woman.

    September 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  175. Jenny

    I have no mercy for this lady.....I was abused as a child and I DO NOT beat my daughter nor would I ever think of gluing any part of my daughter's body to teach her a lesson....I am all for MANDATORY parental licensing and possible MANDATORY sterilization of males and females found to be unfit to be parents.....we need a license to drive but just ANYONE can raise a human being????

    September 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  176. Mom

    She had her first child at the age of 15. She has gone on to have four more and she's pregnant now. Does this woman have access to birth control? Dare I say it, abortion? Clearly she doesn't want to be a mother. She is overwhelmed, she is violent, she may be emotionally impaired (beating your 2 year-old almost to death for pooping in her pants – hello, what do you think 2 year-olds do??? – and then going on to facebook is a sign of mental illness). It's too late to say that she should never have been a mother. We cant' know if the fathers are in any way worthy of taking care of their own children. What we do know is if this woman had had access to birth control, medical abortion and education, she might not have had these kids. You may disagree with a woman's right to choose, but being a mother is the most wonderful thing on earth and a blessing – if you don't feel that way, you probably shouldn't have kids.

    September 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  177. DK

    Its a classic case of children having children. But then, ask yourself, what do you see on TV? Nothing but violence and sex. What do you expect these children having children to do in a case when they are supposed to use their brain? They do what is seen on TV. Lets have some more TV. Glad I turned mine off 11 years ago.

    September 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  178. NyteShayde

    Wow...just wow.

    September 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  179. TCB

    Just 5 minutes with that mother so she would know how it felt to have her hands glued to the wall with a jug of milk bashed into her stomach! What is wrong with these people????? I am unable to have children, yet monsters like that are gifted with bringing life into the world only to mistreat the child!!! I hope her other children are taken from her including the one she's carrying! Making babies and giving birth to them doesn't make her a "mother"! She's just a temporary-maternal-incubator who probably receives state benefits for her children. It is cases such as this that contributed to the welfare reform program! My prayers to the children...

    September 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  180. Jerk 182

    Yes to sterilization. I can see it useful as essential part of a treatment for a wide variety of social ills. Too many unwanted kids being "raised" by nonfunctioning "adults". Grossly unfair to the kid....and to the rest of us as well.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  181. Marsau

    Who, in their right mind, can defend the mom. Please know that love and common sense came long before parenting classes and social programs. Like most parents, I have not sat in an organized parenting class. However, I know that children should be glued to the wall beaten. How can anyone suggest that this woman's situation caused this? Your 'understanding' shows that you don't have a clue.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  182. No More Abuse

    Perhaps "mommy" needs to be sterilized? Or maybe have her legs glued together?

    September 30, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  183. James

    A symptom of a sinful heart in a sinful world.

    September 30, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  184. Anthony Zarat

    This "mother" will receive a slap on the wrist. Our justice system is dominated by feminist dogma. Men are presumed guilty, and if women do anything wrong, it must be a man's fault.

    September 30, 2011 at 10:27 am |
  185. Mr. Blonde

    They need to cut her tubes, she doesn't need to reproduce again.

    September 30, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  186. Brian

    Quit bashing liberals, folks. I am a liberal, and I can't stand what this woman did. Yes, maybe she needs counseling, but that does not mean she should get off the hook. I don't believe in the death penalty, but I have no problem with working this sadistic maniac for about 20 years hard labor in some rock quarry, or on a road gang. Someone else said it: there is NO excuse for what she did.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  187. Corey

    Kyle is right. The double standard for violent women is deplorable. Women should be held accountable to the same degree as men. We have trained our nation of females to use pity and sympathy in order to avoid their responsibilities as adults. A few tears will still get you out of a speeding ticket. On the other hand, man was recently executed under numerous clouds of doubt. Throw throw the book (or several books) at her!

    September 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  188. Argle Bargle

    Give mommy dearest a taste of her own punishment.

    September 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  189. The Heroic Slug

    See?

    This is why people need to pass a test to make babies. Bad parents (usually) make bad children. If we keep letting the stupid breed we're going to wind up with a generation of emotionally unstable, fatherless, immoral brats with a sense of entitlement.

    Oh, wait..

    September 30, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  190. playa1

    She already has 3 other children (oldest is 7) and is pregnant again.

    September 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  191. RottenToast

    So do all the pro-lifers want to adopt this girl and all of the mistreated kids? We're already overpopulated. Abortion can be the humane thing to do. And as for your god, whom you cite all the time, do you just chalk up him allowing this girl's agony to "we just can't understand how god works"?

    September 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  192. Mary

    After reading all of your comments my question to you is this:

    What would you have done if you had known that this type of abuse was going on for this little girl?

    To get beaten to the point of being in a coma tells me that this is probably not the first time this child has been abused. Someone besides the Mother knew what was going on. Everyday there are children being admitted to the hospital with injuries that are life threatening and injuries which will affect them for the rest of their lives.

    Again, what would you do? Think about it.

    September 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  193. Mary

    P.S. Most of all of your comments were in regards to the Mother and what should happen to her and your opinions about why this Mother might have done these things. Very little have focused on what we as individuals can do to help alleviate this type of abuse.

    September 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  194. Jupiter

    What a disgrace and Im sure this stuff goes on all the time behind closed doors. Child services are run by a bunch of idiots who could care less about the kids or the parents. I think The Feds should step up and take over child care and abuse cases. It is way out of control, I see it every day and yet judges send these kids back the the same homes that beat them, starve, rape torture them because they don't want to be bothered ot their case load is too big. Humans , children are throw a-ways to them, They do not care. It makes me sick

    September 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
  195. MSWNCAC

    Kathy Gallardo, what you are saying is almost criminally naive.

    This is not a parent who is normally under control but is feeling harassed and overwhelmed, then taking it out on her child by hitting. This is someone who systematically and deliberately tortured and abused a two year old almost to death. This is a very dangerous woman who perpetrated a heinous criminal act, not a stressed out parent with impaired impulse control. Lots of people have terrible role models growing up and very little social support as adults. They don't end up spending the afternoon restraining and then beating up toddlers. And if she did that, who knows what else that child has had to endure?

    This is not an issue of anger. I am giving you a reality check. There are people in the world who enjoy inflicting pain because of the power and adrenaline rush they get from it. There are also sociopaths who are not capable of feeling emotions as others do. And there are people so profoundly narcissistic that they can't tolerate anyone's needs but theirs being figured into the equation. The rest of us need to be kept safe from these people.

    Of course people are outraged by this woman's behavior. This is a natural response to this story. People care about children and make huge sacrifices to ensure the safety of their own and others. They are understandably angry about it. This woman is 100% responsible for her actions. There are no excuses, either in nature or nurture, that change that.

    October 1, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  196. Sheeba

    I simply do not understand how this woman could treat her child this way..There are enough of us in this world who cannot have children that would greatfully take on raising that baby....it's evil trying it's hardest to snuff out innocense..

    October 1, 2011 at 12:50 am |
  197. Kumar

    She could always have given up the child for adoption, if she could not care for her. That's the problem, some people try to solve their problems themselves, and this leads to crime and abuse.

    Hopefully, most people are not like that. They either take care of their children, or just give up for adoption, if things are difficult.

    October 1, 2011 at 1:47 am |
  198. Suzanne Miller

    This is a perfect example of what is wrong with "right to life" arguments. Fetuses have rights but once the babies are born,
    there is little concern in our society for what happens to them. Something is Definitely Wrong with this.

    October 1, 2011 at 2:53 am |
  199. Kole

    To think we don't have caning in this country because it would be "cruel and unusual punishment". Google Caning in Singapore.
    Maybe we could pay her entry fee to a cage fight with a pro fighter be fore she goes to jail and we pay for her to live in there for 15 years. or maybe we could do both. enough is enough

    October 1, 2011 at 6:46 am |
  200. larry

    Oh My God! What was this mother thinking, you never beat a child, much less a poor defenseless toddler! On top of that, gluing her tiny hands to the wall and beating her is into a coma is unbelievable! This so-called Mom needs some time out behind bars, and our prayers are with this little girl and she comes out of her coma.

    October 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  201. Ramona

    Whenever I learn about tragic cases like this – and there are far too many – I'm overwhelmed with the desire to just hold the child involved. How many times, in her short and violent life, has this child experienced such a quiet, tender moment? Perhaps never.

    October 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  202. Bloossie

    Animals take better care of their offspring, they should require a license to conceive.

    October 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  203. Kim

    There's a special place in hell for the mother.

    October 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  204. Momof1

    I think I'll go hug my son now...

    October 2, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  205. MB

    Give her life in solitary confinement with no option of parole or lease. Mandate her sterilization and then waterboard her daily during her one hour break from solitary.

    October 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
  206. Kristen

    A person don't just snap and do this randomly. There is a deliberate premeditated mindset that leads up to these type of things. She may have anger issues, bipolarism or both. Neither are any excuse. She doesn't have the capacity for rehabilitation. She doesn't deserve a second chance. I concur with Frederick.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:02 am |
  207. thatkenguy

    This woman believed that a vicious act of punishment would correct her child's behavior, and perhaps also that it was justified for revenge. She was horribly and demonstrably wrong. Where could she have gotten such an idea? Obviously we should correct HER behavior, and perhaps avenge the child, by administering vicious acts of punishment. At least that is what we should do according to many of the commentators to this article. Many are even proposing to give the state extraordinary powers in deciding who is allowed to reproduce. This woman's behavior was heinous, and the state does have a responsibility to protect her children and itself from any possible repetition of such acts. We should not do so by giving credence to the notion that extreme and unusual punishment is the proper way to discharge that responsibility. If you cannot understand why that is so, then you are making the same error that she did.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:15 am |
  208. secondary infertility

    Give me one of those babies! I have a lot of money & am a very nice stay-at-home mom but I can't have anymore babies. Here are these women beating and torturing their kids and I am such a great mommy, but can't have anymore. They hate their kids, yet they keep having them but the waitlist for adoption is over 2years long. If you don't want that baby or will hurt it, just put it up for adoption to someone longing for a child to raise. Your "obstacle" is someone else's miracle.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  209. Carolyn

    Kathie,
    The kindest thing anyone could do for this woman, is to teach her about birth control and tie her tubes! The understanding and compassion should be reserved for the little girl and her siblings.

    October 3, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  210. engraged

    This women should have her children taken away from her. It doesn't matter what happened to her when she was a child, as a mother she should want better for her children than what she had. Beating your child into a coma is excessive and gluing her hands to the wall is just as bad because she has no way to defend herself. This women deserves to be beat like she beat her child.

    October 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  211. dee

    This abuse was probably not done by someone sober. she should be drug tested and rehabbed and then the system should come down on her so hard that she will have no possiblity of ever seeing her child again. glue? really?

    October 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
  212. mimi

    Kathie, I hear you and understand. I also find it interesting that when stories come out like this that people become super concerned/sympathetic about the victim (not saying they shouldn't be), however I can almost guarantee when this child becomes an adult and likely repeats the cycle, that people will not have that same sympathy..walking contradicitons.

    October 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  213. Lydia L.

    She should have her tubes tied. She should never be allowed to see her daughter again.
    THis kind of behavior is perpetuated by right wing extremist religious groups who preach "spare the rod, spoil the child". I work with a woman like this, who thinks it is okay to beat a 2 year old with a belt because she was jumping on her bed and fell off. Thank God she is the girl's grandmother, not the mom. I heard her giving this advice one day to her daughte. Luckily, the daughter did not take her advice, or I would have had to call Child Protective Custoday. Speaking of that, do you mean to tell me that NO ONE suspected this woman of child abuse? Shame on her neighbors and friends.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  214. kitty

    fifth kid on the way? holy moley...no way should any of these kids be involved in this woman's life...and frankly i dont see how placing them with anyone in the family unit would be any better. obviously the men in this woman's life and her family are part of the dynamic that allowed this craziness.
    un-believable...yet sad that this kind of thing is true.

    October 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  215. Jeanene

    I don’t think that just because a person has had a hard life, a traumatic background, rough circumstances, etc… That it gives them an excuse to behave poorly to others. I think they are reasons why people naturally gravitate to some sort of behavior, or are inclined to do something more than someone else, but it’s not a get out of jail free card. There will always be someone who had it worse or harder than you, and they managed to become worthwhile human beings with a decent character. So, I don't think that anyone should be trying to make excuses for this woman. This is a horribly sad story and I hope that her children are placed in good and loving homes.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  216. Ray

    And people say animals are dangerous. I don't think even an ape would do such a thing.
    Poor kid. Hopefully she survives without long-term brain damage.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  217. Ray

    I completely agree with the first comment on this article. Death Valley, CA would be the perfect place for her.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  218. OMG!

    Does the average angry citizen actually support licensing for birth control? Is this China? We must NEVER allow any government that much control over our lives! Already our human rights have been greatly diminished. Cases such as this cannot be tolerated, neither can we tolerate such cases being exploited in such a way that EVERYONE ends up paying for this Mother's crimes (this would also be stating that MOST parents (if not most people all together) are bad. Why would we choose to believe that all people are bad based on a case like this? While there are very unhealthy people in the world, there are far more who are healthy). POVERTY is the bottom line here anyway. Poverty is the true issue at hand needing to be addressed. Depressing to think about, huh? Considering the current economic situation. Who do we blame for this? Can you say: BANKS and CORPORATIONS? The FED? This case is a SYMPTOM of a much greater issue. Sad.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:56 am |
  219. david

    we should invest a trillion dollars in gently re-educating mommies and a trillion dollars in re-educating people who advocate violence towards others, and, what the hell, a couple of trillion just to hand out on street corners...why not, we're made out of money...

    October 4, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  220. Loralei

    OMG.... Has this woman never heard of birth control? 22 and pregnant with 5th baby????

    October 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  221. Karen

    God didn't "put an obstacle in her way"...he gave her a beautiful gift. This mom has no idea how lucky she is to have been blessed with this child (and three others with one on the way)...and to think of what she has done to her. It is just unthinkable.

    October 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  222. Mrs Long

    DISGUSTING!!! As a mother of 3 I know all about the desire to have "me time". HOWEVER, when I made the choice to have intercourse and become pregnant, I gave up my constant "me time" privileges. That is what being a parent is! Your life is no longer about YOU, it is about the child that YOU brought into the world!!
    Hire a babysitter, call grandparents, TRADE TIME WITH A NEIGHBOR!!!!!
    NEVER is abuse the answer!

    October 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  223. Barbara

    Everyday we are reading about the abuse of our Children. When will America stop, look and Listen. Mothers are killing their Kids, Child Molesters. Our children don't stand a chance..

    October 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  224. PENATRATOR

    Rick Perry will cut off all her free Texas benefits tomorrow when he reads this. How dare some low life single mother collect all that welfare on the states dime.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  225. randy

    exesive?you think? try attempted murder for crying out loud. lock the mother up and throw away the key. she glued the childs hands and beatnd her to a coma!!!!!! what consideration shoudl the mother get. please! hope she gets jailed and the child its taken away from her. what a sad future for the child though.

    October 5, 2011 at 1:50 am |
  226. Texas

    This woman needs to be sterilized, her parental rights terminated (forever), and a permanent restraining order forbidding her to care for children or be near them in any way put in place. I hope that she gets a long and painful prison sentence and is abused daily. That little girl needs to be raised in a warm and loving household where she is free from these terrors.

    five kids at 22? What is the deal?

    October 5, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  227. James

    Sure she needed to have therapy and a better upbringing, and, um, oh yeah NOT TO HAVE FOUR KIDS BEFORE SHE TURNED 20, this is why birth control is important. ignorant psychopath adolescents should not be having kids! This is a large social issue, but in focusing on the case at hand, to say you need to teach someone not to glue their childs hands to the wall and break their bones and give them a concussion is rediculous, because unless you have some type of antisocial personality disorder you shoudl not even want to do such a thing. A normal person wouldn't even consider it. Its like a freaking drug cartel crime or something. Who knows what kind of gang banger dead beat men knocked her up to begin with, I would doubt that they all came from the same person. Sure she is a product of her environment. but you Don't go out and do something like this and get therapy and Jesus without some stiffer penalties first. She can get therapy in prison and meds for being a nut job, and talk about all the things that were so bad in her life that drove her to make every bad decision she possibly could.

    October 5, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  228. Point Noted

    Most folks don't seem to understand Post Postpartum Depression. Its like a withdrawal symptom after having a child – withdrawal from hormones. Most women get over that by having another child and at some point the withdrawal symptom is not as severe. But its easier to prescribe Paxil or some other anti depression medication that makes them more aggressive. Mothers by nature would never harm their children. Signs of something amiss and socially we don't care.

    October 5, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  229. sally

    We all focused on Casey Anthony...........but I think whatever happened to Kaylee was an accident. This mother is worse. This was systematic abuse and I am sure this was not the first time. I believe our social agencies need to start and active family planning with certain women........22 and pregnant with her fifth child. These children are handicapped from the beginning. We should assist some of these women take birth control until they can get their lives together.

    October 5, 2011 at 10:00 am |
  230. Katherine

    She's pregnant again, this isn't post partum depression, this is a violent child abuser, and I'm going to guess by her tats, a gang affiliate too... This isn't a spanking that got out of control, it's a vicious attack on a baby for doing a baby thing (spoiling her pants). I'm sure the way family law courts go, she'll have custody back 20 minutes after she gets out of prison. Not all families should be reunited.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  231. Renee

    Good God – this woman has had far too many chances to prove to be a fit mother. Any mother/woman that abuses a child like this should be sterilized.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  232. janinpenna

    We need free family planning clinics in every town, with sterlizations for men and women. Too many people do not have parenting skills or any warmth and compassion to raise children. We see these cases over and over again where these little babies are abused, neglected and killed by parents and boyfriends. I am sick in my stomach about this one.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  233. Jessica

    I'm sure some scumbag defense attorney will concoct some sort of ridiculous outlandish defense, and a jury will eat it up in the guise of "reasonable doubt" and find her not guilty.

    October 5, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  234. Rhonda

    Not all people who do this had a bad childhood. I get so tired of people getting grouped into one category. A mother has five children, she is a christian woman and every one of her children are different. One is a business owner, one robbed and stole and could never hold a job, one has a high paying job, one is disabled, and one quit high school but worked at the same job for years. It is not the mothers fault a couple of her kids didn't turn out so good. Yes, in alot of cases, abuse does repeat itself but not every case. The so-called mother of this little girl should be punished and never see this little girl ever again. We need to quit handling everything with kid gloves. For every action there is an adverse and equal reaction. There are consequences to ones action and we are in a world that makes it ok to blame it on someone/something else. If there is proof and are found guilty then punishment is deserved.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:20 am |
  235. Jonathan

    We have to prove that we are capable of handling the responsibility and have the skills required to safely operate a car in order to be licensed to drive. We have to get a license to declare to the government that we are in a committed relationship. If a person wants to adopt a child, they go through a grueling ordeal to verify that they will make a good parent. Yet any idiot can pop out a kid. We don't do anything to protect children until it is too late. At best, you have a situation where abuse is reported and the child is removed before they are seriously injured. At worst, the child never gets help.

    This may sound like something out of communist China or some place like that, but there are some people that just shouldn't be allowed to have children. This woman among them.

    October 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  236. bvsfan

    Pregnant again and already has 4 children. Birth control must be words this woman doesn't understand. How about abstinance? She needs to have an abortion right now and the courts needs to terminate all of her rights and let her rot in jail for a good long, time.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  237. Randi

    So sad and senseless to read this...it breaks my heart that someone could do this to their child...there are so many of us out there that cannot even have children and so see someone just waste such a gift.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  238. Mother of 4

    I have 4 children from 9yrs to a baby.. Yes at times I've wanted to pull my hair out... But I never could I hurt them... I dont understand how any mother or father could.. Her children deserve a beter life, and shes pregnant I pray that baby gets taken from her.. She should never be allowed to see them again...

    October 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  239. Woodrow

    Clearly the mother is suffering some kind of mental illness. She should not be caring for children. It would be great if we could figure out a way to evaluate the mentally ill before they do damage.

    October 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  240. Lori

    It's all just so sad. No child deserves this sort of treatment. I just don't understand how she lost it. I don't care how tired, stressed or whatever you are. The mother should be put away for a long time and hopefully the little girl will recover and be placed with a loving family.

    October 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
  241. Krystal

    This makes me sick to my stomach! Poor little girl did not even have a chance at life. People like this make me feel even more blessed each day I have my beautiful little girls around me. Kids are absolutely something to be charised and not used for this! Hoping you get what you deserve, and knowing this little girl is in a better place, is the only thing I can think of now.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  242. Stephanie

    Let me get this straight, Kathie wants to rehabilitate the woman who took her trusting child grabbed her by the feet, dragged her into the kitchen and proceeded to GLUE this poor child's hands to the wall. Let's think about this, she took out the glue, applied copious amounts to her hands, her TINY hands and forced her to hold them to the wall so they would stick. I'm assuming it was crazy glue or some other quick drying glue. Then she proceeded to beat this child with a container of milk, in the stomach until this child passed out and lapsed into a coma. The woman had to plan this ahead of time, she knew where the glue was and planned to hold her defenseless child to the wall. Folks, this is premeditated MURDER she was attempting. She must have known that the child would not be able to defend herself before hand, and what hope would this child have now? I'm sorry, the ONLY response is to execute this EVIL woman.

    October 7, 2011 at 12:41 am |
  243. MLT

    What a disgusting story. Mother obviously needs a lot of help and prayer as do the kids. Kids should be removed from her care and mom needs to have her day in court with a pretty stiff sentence handed down.

    October 7, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  244. BigRed

    If the history of Texas is any measure, the state will return all of this woman's children back to her and when she finally kills one of her children only then will the state deal with the problem by having her executed. In Texas the law is either all the way on or all the way off. In this case a slick attorney will make sure that the law will be blind to this person being a torturer. The best thing to do is have this woman sterilized and the children quickly (and that means instantly) adopted by families outside of Texas. The children should not be returned to the family because this person learned to be a good torturer from her family.

    October 7, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  245. CJ Newman

    There are legal definitions for insanity and it doesn't sound like this woman meets them. Someone qualified will decide. But however that shakes out, Kathie is misguided and I do think we need mandatory sterilization of child abusers. I hope someone adopts this little girl and makes the rest of her life good. This "mother's" rights to all of her children should be lost. And she is procreating up a storm for her age.

    October 7, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  246. Elana

    I have 2 year old TRIPLETS and NOT ONCE have I never been mad enough to glue their hands to the wall and throw a jug of milk at them. Kids make you mad sometimes but come on what kid doesn't? I agree with Frederick...only I think she should suffer a lot more. I only hope this little girl finds a loving home to go to.

    October 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  247. Donna Dwyer

    Sounds like Crys Liquori o Hazleton Pa–she beat her kids with hangers and then cries when they are taken away–sick person!! People like this should be in jail for life!

    October 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  248. Purchased separately

    I agree with mandatory sterilization whole heartedly. It's ciminal to allow persons like this to have another child, naturally or otherwise.

    October 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
  249. Arual

    This is a prototypical example of the extent to which our society has ceased evolving. The devolution of American society should be as big of a concern to Americans as the broken economy.

    October 8, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  250. cnneka1

    1. Everyone is saying they hope that her children "find a loving home"...how many of you are foster parents or willing to adopt children who have suffered from abuse/neglect? Put your money where your mouth is. The reality is that they are no safer in foster care as the accounts of foster children in this country (especially black and hispanic children) consistently outline the abuses and neglect suffered while in the State's care. So, if you are so moved by this story, step up and be willing to be part of the solution for the kids.

    2. Clearly this woman is not a competent mother. Enough said. Tying her up and beating her makes us as much of a monster. God will take care of it. If you feel that our criminal justice system is not going to serve appropriate justice, do something about it. I get tired of people whining and complaining but not taking any steps to fix anything.

    3. Why do we not allow schools to truly education children about birth control/reproductive choices/STDs/etc.? There is so much double talk going on in these posts. It's too late for this mom and child to have a healthy relationship (though I do believe that we should not write off the child's future at this point; children are incredibly resilient). However, there is a pregnant 15 year old and a 14 year old thinking about having sex who may/may not have received accurate information regarding birth control/implications of being a teen mom, etc. Why don't we focus on preventing this from happening with one of these girls 5 years down the road?

    October 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  251. Oldest Hag

    All the right to lifers need to read this and explain how this was better for the child than an abortion. I don't see any of them coming forward to take in the abused and neglected kids.

    October 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  252. WorldOnFire

    She should be charged with attempted murder and if her daughter dies – murder 1. I hope some tough moms in prison get to her first.

    October 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  253. D Cole

    She posted, "Why does God put obstacles in our life????" What a moron! No one puts obstacles in your life apart from yourself, your child-abusing devil! May you rot in jail for what you did to your daughter!

    October 9, 2011 at 3:11 am |
  254. Melina

    This woman is not a human being in any meaninful sense. Her behavior is animalistic, indeed, I would argue that most animals would not willfully treat their young in this manner. Therefore, the whole concept that parenting classes would somehow be of value as some have suggested here is ridiculous. How many parenting classes does she need to succesfully complete before you let her watch your little ones, hmmmm? Besides, she has FOUR OTHER CHILDREN and is pregnant again. She's just incubating more victims to torture, apparently. She should simply be put down as we would put down any dangerous animal.

    October 9, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  255. Pam

    This is a clear case of why abortion has to stay legal and women not be shamed when they seek it out. Women like this, who start having child after child a a young age, for no reason, other than they have sex and get pregnant, are perfect candidates. If she never would have had her first child and had a chance to have a teenage life, etc., things would have turned out different. Also, the churches have to be PRO PRO BIRTH CONTROL. This thing happens daily in every state and we only find out when someone gets caught.

    October 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  256. betty

    I bet that 20 years ago, this woman was a horribly abused child. The difference between her and her daughter is the abuse was found out. This doesn't excuse her behaviors and she needs to face stern consequences for her action. But we need to ask ourselves, as we condemn people, where were the words of condemnation for their abusers? Hurt people hurt people. As I type this, some child is being horribly abused and there is no one around to speak up for him or her. One day, we may be pointing our finger at the child for becoming such a "monster".

    October 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  257. Augustine

    this situation with the mother putting glue on the child's hands to the wall really sickens me to the core.
    this is truly a form a torture unheard off in today's society. if the mother can't handle having children than she shouldn't have kids at all. i hope that the Dallas pd. and the Texas state justice dept. handle this case with the highest punishment according to the law.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  258. James Trent

    Well no one really is right or wrong in a situation like this, it really is sad though that a little glue and horseplay ends up leaving the child in a coma. On one hand maybe the mother was a little excessive in discipline and on the other it's just typical of a Mexican family to use corporal punishment on their children.

    October 9, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  259. Diamond

    @Kathie Gallardo...you try to make it sound that if someone came into this girl's life that all would have been well. That is not the case. People like this don't and won't admit to anyone they are having a hard time. She could have had all the help in the world, but if you don't get to the core of the problem...the anger issues... then the outcome is still the same. All the babysitters in the world would not have helped this girl. She beat her child into a coma... does that sound like someone who only needs a babysitter once in a while??? GEEZ... Don't make her accountable for her abuse of this child... that is truly what is wrong in this world today...someone is always trying to pass the buck...

    October 10, 2011 at 5:35 am |
  260. ASHLEY

    I am so tired of children being hurt!!! They are innocent and deserve the best but some are at the hands of terrible human beings and its so sad. Anyone who hurts a child in anyway should be in prison for the rest of their lives. They shouldn't have the death penalty cause they need to be tortured for the rest of their lives. I wish our world was decent, My heart aches for these children!!!

    October 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  261. Beside Myself

    I am sorry, but I can not ever remember a time when my kids made me want to pull my hair out. Work maybe, never my babies.

    October 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  262. eye for and eye

    The very same treatment she gave her daughter should be done to the mother and since she is the age of an adult. ( Not an adult mentally) she should receive the treatment she gave her daughter 10 fold. Done every day of every year she's in prison. Then maybe, just maybe she'll gain the insite of how valuable life is,since at this point she clearly has none.

    October 10, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  263. Jamiee

    An eye for an eye???

    October 11, 2011 at 12:44 am |
  264. Damion

    Glue her hands to a wall and beat her into comma – Wake her up and do it again!

    October 11, 2011 at 4:27 am |
  265. Damion

    @BETTY I was abused as a child, very badly. I have never hit a child, I will never hit a child. I decided I was better than my father and intend to keep it that way.

    October 11, 2011 at 4:30 am |
  266. RC

    Yes this is a heinous case of child abuse. My question is where was this woman's family? Or boyfriend; husband??
    Next, could this 22 year old mother just be a tad suffering from some sort of depression?
    Anyway, I am not condoning what she did- I think it is horrible and sad for the poor little girl-now in a coma.
    I think of my 2 year old niece and just wonder what some of the horrors that other abused children have to go through.
    I have no more words...the whole thing is just depressing.

    October 11, 2011 at 11:42 am |
  267. Jennifer

    There should be a course in high school that offers counseling. A lot of kids do not want to be picked on for visiting the counsler.

    October 11, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
  268. JP

    Give me a break..all this talk of teaching parenting skills etc...would she have done this to someone else who irritated her? NO, she did it to her child, the person she is supposed to protect....she's a worthless excuse of a human being and should either be exterminated or sterilized so no other child is ever subjected to that monster.

    October 12, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  269. Peter

    Ok... so let me get this straight.... we need "counseling" for people to understand this was a "bad idea"..... Why don't we just have "State Sponsored Children"......... Before you are allowed to have a child.. you take a class and get a certificate... If you have the certificate and do something this stupid.. you go to jail.. no questions....... If you have a child before you get the certificate to "teach" you how to be a mother.... you get a "ticket" and fined......... How ridiculous would that all be....... Come on...... way back when..... people were held accountable...... Now.... it's never "their" fault........ Poor child...... hope the kid is okay......

    October 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  270. db

    There is plenty of scum in prison, but also plenty of parents, who now live with the regret that they have been separated from their children, wishing for a second chance. I give her less than a week before she meets a similar fate.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  271. TL

    Sorry Kathie, but I have no desire to befriend or show caring towards a monster like this. People are not automatically entitled to anyone's kindness and understanding when they have done absolutely nothing to deserve such a sentiment. I have a strong feeling you'd be singing a very different tune if this were a man. She should be shot. That will get her out of the world and at least solve the problem of her having the chance to abuse and traumatize any more children.

    October 12, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  272. WHAT-KIND-OF-MOTHER

    What kind of mother would do a thing like that........its only obvious that she had to be an abused child herself. That poor child........so sad.........i feel for her. Her mom.........lock her up and throw away the key!!!

    October 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm |
  273. WHAT-KIND-OF-MOTHER

    Child abuse is growing............and continue to grow but educating a person does not make them more knowledgable of how to be a good mom. But some are not..........it takes a lot to be a parent and one can never be prepared for it.........we never know what we are going to be faced with in any time. So, think before you play because you will pay later but the child will pay even more.

    October 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  274. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    While I strongly believe that ABORTION is IMMORAL I would support abortion for women such as this one, Case Anthonny and the Octo Mom who don't deserve to have any kids at all.

    Again while sniffing out a life in the womb is surely cruel, don't you guys (abortion opponents) think that is unfortunately a better alternative than letting these people have kids, giving them away to foster care to grow up with other kids of convicts, murderes, drug addicts etc., and subjecting them to torture every single day of their lives, destroying them phyiscally & emotionally for ever?

    October 13, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  275. Michelle

    I don't care if this woman was abused as a child – gives no reason for her to abuse her daughter. She should have the common sense that it's wrong to abuse your child or anyone. If she dosen't have that then she should'nt be a mother at all. She has a few other kids too and is only in her 20's. She should be sterilized forever and given the death penalty.

    October 13, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  276. Michael

    Uhh, Michelle.... if she is given the death penalty, why does she need to be sterilized?

    October 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  277. Kristen

    First off i would like to state that I am not a mother. However, I still feel i have a right to say this story is a prime example of a parent not properly diagnosed/medicated for a mental disorder. With that being said, there is NO excuse for this kind of behavior. No inocent child deserves to be so brutallly assaulted/abbused. Especially by a parent who they look to for unconditional love and comfort. I cried when reading this just as I have with every similar story of child abuse at a parents hand. There are absolutely no words that can explain the loss of inocense this child has faced and will deal with for many years to come. Im sure many of you agree with me when I say, I would give up everything to ensure the children of this world had a fighting chance at a beautiful, healthy, structured loving environment to grow up in.

    October 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  278. Robert Borton

    This is why govt needs to prevent certain people from having children. She probably got knocked up and had no choice.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:12 am |
  279. HMcDaring

    ...and there are people out there who want to do away with contraception and safe, legal abortion. What's better for a child? Being tortured and potentially murdered by its mother or never having been born? After this next birth, this woman needs to be forcibly sterilized, the baby adopted, and her children must transferred to the fathers if they somehow pass muster so that she is never given the chance (by society) to do this again.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  280. jennifer

    @James Trent, who says, "No one really is right or wrong in a situation like this, it really is sad though that a little glue and horseplay ends up leaving the child in a coma. On one hand maybe the mother was a little excessive in discipline and on the other it's just typical of a Mexican family to use corporal punishment on their children."

    1. Yes, there is real wrong in a situation like this. It is always wrong to glue a child to a wall and beat him or her. Period. There is never an excusable case of having done so.
    2. A little excessive? Causing a coma is more than a little excessive.
    3. Racist much? Catholics, even those who are Hispanic, do not have a monopoly on abusing their children.

    *****

    Child abuse is one of those power-law solution sorts of problems. For some inexplicable reason, there are people who fail at being human. Child abusers, homeless, murderers, rapists, you name it. Some of these failures could have been prevented with proper education and access to basic human necessities. And for those people we implement social programs, to help pull them up to the rest of society's level of function. But some of them, for whatever reason, failed to be trained in proper citizenship, failed to understand the sanctity of human life, failed to be productive members of society. They just don't get it, and there is no easy answer for them. We can't cancel the programs helping the majority of these failed humans, because for about 80% of the failures, they show success and do help them become "real" people. What we choose to do with these leftovers is a difficult decision. Traditional methods have failed to prevent their existence or to rehabilitate them. Sadly, it's cheaper to keep them than to execute them (most experts say), so we'll just have to build them a nice desert island somewhere where they can try to learn to play nice together before coming back to play with the rest of us. Or, you know, throw them in jail and lose the key. Maybe someday we can afford to build them a colony on the moon – atmosphere costs extra.

    October 14, 2011 at 11:17 am |
  281. hannah

    First, Kathie Gallardo, you disgust me for even considering that this evil woman should be treated fairly. How fair was she as she beat her innocent baby girl into a COMA?! I think our justice system needs to crack down on these dead-beat parents, or we will have many more Casey Anthony situations than we care to see.

    October 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  282. Susanna

    I bet each of those children has a different "baby daddy." Where are they, anyway? Yes, she needs to be sterilized.

    October 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
  283. tanya royal

    WOW OMG when i read things like this ...it really makes me angry ...the mother needs to be glued to a wall and beaten...wow how can anyone do that to an inocent child!!

    October 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  284. bhigh

    This is attempted murder. You don't get a pat on the head, parenting lessons, and some "me time" for attempting to kill another human being, especially an innocent baby. She needs to spend the rest of her life in jail.

    October 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  285. Josh Perez

    This woman is a disgrace. NO excuse for hurting a child like that!

    October 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  286. theantiantihero

    This is why I support family planning. Some people just should not have children.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  287. TraceyMush

    This woman should not have children. Our LAWS prohibit us from protecting children in a home with abusive parents. ONLY the kids who have been abused will be taken out. The ones thus far not abused have to stay with parent. Which is really screwed up. Her baby needs to be removed from her when born, and any others. Because, if that's how she reacts to soiled pants...

    October 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  288. IR

    Why take your anger on a child, OMG, seriously what has this world become, when is child abuse going to stop "I guess never". Some of these women shouldn't be mothers, poor baby

    October 31, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  289. kennedy

    wow... i thank the lord every day 4 my mom... but then when i watched this i cant even think about having her as my mom my moms the best

    November 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  290. Laquinton Wagner

    I wouldn't be surprised if this poor child ends up in CPS living yet another perhaps more abusive nightmare. Some adults in the system don't know how to care for children either. I hope with all my heart things gett better for this baby and not SOOO very much worse.

    September 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm |

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