Monday, September 7, 2015
Stepmother charged with child abuse of stepdaughter in Silver Spring (Photo)
Her stepdaughter arrived at Children's National Medical Center on August 26 with severe internal injuries, fractures and bruises. These injuries were determined to have been suffered over a period of time, with some in various stages of healing.
An older sibling implicated Lugo-De Fuentes, recalling hearing "whipping" sounds, which she believed was the stepmother beating her stepchild with a belt.
Lugo-De Fuentes then acknowledged striking the younger child with a belt and shoe, and inflicting assorted other physical punishments. She was arrested on September 2, and charged with one count of first-degree child abuse, one count of second-degree child abuse, and two counts of assault. Lugo-De Fuentes is currently being held on a $250,000 bond.