A Texas woman who allegedly beat, burned and forced her stepsons to vomit faces a fresh allegation of child abuse.
Sara Anne Woody, 25, has been charged with first-degree injury to a child with serious bodily injury, the Times Record News reports.
Last year, Woody was indicted on 27 counts of injury to a child on allegations that she
forced her stepsons to lick a toilet bowl covered in human waste because she thought they lied to her, burned their tongues with a lighter, and beat their genitals black and blue using a belt, among other accusations of vile abuse.
The charges stem from March 2016, when, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Times Record News, police were called to a hospital to investigate the possibility of abuse when one of the stepsons, who was 14 years old or younger at the time, was taken to the emergency room.
The boy had a swollen and lacerated upper lip that had bruising from side to side. He also had bruising all around his face and chest, which a detective noted appeared to be from blunt-force trauma.
Some of the injuries looked new while others appeared old, according to the detective.
While the boy’s father, Jonathan Darrell Woody, told police that the wounds were from roughhousing, a doctor believed that the boy’s condition was more consistent with being assaulted.
The boy told reportedly police that Sara Anne Woody, his stepmom, would lock him in a closet overnight, hit him with a paddle for taking food and force him to do exercises; she would allegedly hit him with a stick if he stopped the exercises.
The boy also said that Woody struck him with a metal spoon six times, which caused the injuries around his upper lip.
Two of the boy’s siblings, who were 12 and 7 at the time, reportedly told investigators that Woody made the hospitalized boy and one of them drink water and apple cider vinegar to “force them to vomit as punishment for taking food,” the newspaper reports.
When the detective first saw the 12-year-old boy, he thought the child was only 7 or 8 “because of how small he was,” the Dallas Morning News reports.
The boys’ father allegedly knew they were being abused but did nothing to stop it and told the boys to lie to officers, according to the detective. The father was arrested last year on charges of child endangerment and tampering with a witness.
A fourth child in the house was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Woody had previously been jailed on a $3 million bond, but the bond was later reduced and the case is still pending.
As for the new abuse allegation, details of which have not yet been released, Woody was released from jail Friday on $100,000 bail.
Feature photo: Archer County Sheriff’s Office