A mother used superglue to “repair” an injury to her 6-year-old son’s scrotum:
A civilian at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston was arrested Wednesday for nearly pulling off her 6-year-old son’s genitals because she was angry with him, and then using superglue to try to repair them, court records said.
The FBI charged Jennifer Marie Vargas, 34, with assault within maritime and territorial jurisdiction resulting in serious bodily injury. She faces up to 10 years in prison.
Vargas, the affidavit said, admitted to agents that while angry with the boy she grabbed him by the scrotum and pulled him to her as hard as she could, “thereby ripping his ‘sack’ and causing a laceration.”
Vargas told agents she cleaned the wound with alcohol and then tried to fix it with superglue, the affidavit said.
“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,” the affidavit said. “Vargas did not seek any type of medical treatment for the child.”
At least the boy’s father had the sense to take the child to a hospital. The article does not state what the boy did to upset Vargas to such as point. While Vargas has no prior reported history of child abuse, she was charged with misdemeanor assault against her ex-husband in 1999.
Abuse like this is usually not a happenstance. It is unlikely that this is the first time that Vargas acted this way. The difference in this instance is that the boy’s father, an Army soldier, caught the injury before it healed. There is a good chance that things would have escalated had this woman not been caught.