A mother in San Antonio, Texas, is accused of ripping her 6-year-old son's scrotum and bruising his penis. Instead of seeking medical attention, she allegedly tried to mend his torn genitals with the adhesive power of superglue.
The FBI charged Jennifer Marie Vargas on Wednesday with assault causing serious bodily injury after investigators said she grabbed the boy by his private parts and pulled with enough force to open a 4-centimeter laceration on his scrotum.
KENS reports that Vargas mutilated her son on Sept. 27 and then cleaned the wound with alcohol before trying to seal the gaping hole with the glue.
“She applied superglue to the (boy's) scrotum until the bleeding stopped, stuffed his underwear with paper towels, and then told him to go to bed,” a criminal complaint affidavit said. “Vargas did not seek any type of medical treatment for the child.”
The assault occurred in the family's home at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. Vargas' husband, who is enlisted in the Army, returned home to find his son crying in an upstairs bedroom. Vargas was arrested Wednesday, and is being held without bond. She faces 10 years in prison if convicted.
The boy is recovering following surgery and remains in the custody of his father.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, federal investigators are looking into whether any past abuse occurred. A Child Protective Services spokeswoman told the newspaper that the agency had not dealt with the family before.