Two Independence women have been charged with child abuse of a 10-year-old, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced on Tuesday.
Chianna Hendrix, 25, and LaTrecia L. Hendrix, 36, have each been charged with abuse or neglect of a child, resulting in serious emotional or physical injury.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $100,000 for each defendant.
According to court documents, police were called on Monday, March 23, regarding a 10-year-old child who had run away from home. Officers determined that the child appeared emaciated and “under developed” for their age. Detectives also observed markings all over the child’s neck and face that resembled fingernail scratches. Plus the juvenile was not able to hold their bladder or bowel movements during the brief contact with detectives.
After officers fed the juvenile victim, they immediately became ill. An ambulance was requested to take the child to a local hospital.
Photographs were later taken of the child that revealed the same fingernail-like scratches all over their body, as well as bruising and the visibility of their ribs from the lack of body fat and muscle.
Investigators obtained consent to search Chianna Hendrix’s residence in the 400 block of Ponca Drive in Independence. During a search of the juvenile victim’s bedroom, police discovered bottles of urine on the floor, feces on the bed, no clothing and minimal bedding.
A Missouri Children’s Division investigator interviewed a 5-year-old child who was living at the residence. The child told the investigator that Chianna often “beats” the 10-year-old for stealing food, locks them in the basement and ties the basement door closed to prevent the child from going upstairs for food.
During an interview with police, Chianna confessed that she knew the juvenile victim was in need of medical care and refused to take them to a physician. She also said the child vomits every time they eat, and that the markings all over their body were caused by the child themselves.
Chianna also acknowledged that she was aware of the child’s inability to hold their bladder, resulting in wetting the bed nightly. She added that she wipes the mattress down weekly while she washes the victim’s bedding.
Latrecia Hendrix also admitted to police during an interview that she failed to provide medical treatment for the juvenile for approximately the last two years due to no medical insurance.