An Indiana woman was arrested after her husband allegedly found their 1-year-old son covered in dirt and mosquito bites.
Angelica Holley, 33, was responsible for watching the baby on June 24 while her husband was at school, according to the Portage Police Department.
When Holley’s husband returned home that evening, he said his wife appeared to be “stoned,” according to a police report.
The husband told investigators his wife was a recovering alcoholic but had recently began smoking marijuana, according to the document.
Holley’s husband asked his wife where she was all day and she allegedly told him she had been at a friend’s house, the police report states.
The husband then checked on their son and found him covered in mosquito bites and dirt, police said.
The husband immediately took the child to an emergency room and called police.
When officers arrived at the hospital, they observed the boy’s feet and legs covered in dirt and approximately 50 mosquito bites on the child’s head and arms, the police report states.
The baby was continuously scratching and rubbing the bumps on his head, officials said.
When questioned by police, Holley allegedly admitted to being at a friend’s house that evening, but said the child had not been outside and was never out of her sight, court documents state.
Investigators asked Holley how the child “could have gotten all of those bites on him and gotten so dirty if he was never out of sight or outside,” and Holley did not have an answer, the police report states.
She claimed the baby received the mosquito bites when her husband took him to a park earlier that week, according to the document.
Holley told police that she called her husband when she first started seeing the bumps on the child and said they should take him to the hospital because he is allergic to mosquito bites, according to the police report.
Holley told police that she and her husband had been arguing for the past week and she thought her husband was just trying to get her into trouble, authorities said.
Holley was arrested on an outstanding warrant and charged with neglect of a dependent. She has not yet entered a plea.
Court records do not list an attorney for Holley.
The child was left in his father’s custody and Child Protective Services was notified about the incident.