A young Idaho mom of four allegedly beat her children and shaved her daughters’ heads as punishment after they ate a tub of ice cream, the New York Post reported.
Priscilla Zapata, 26, reportedly told her relatives she “lost it” after discovering her kids had eaten the ice cream in July. And one of her two daughters told relatives that her mother had pushed her face into the ice cream, beat her, shoved her into a wall and bit her, according to court documents.
She was hit “everywhere” and hurt “all day,” the girl reportedly told police.
Zapata’s other daughter reportedly told police that her mother choked her so firmly that she was nearly lifted off the ground. This daughter told police that she feared her mother would kill her.
Zapata shaved the girls’ heads in punishment, according to court documents, and one of the girls kept quiet out of fear of additional retaliation, the Post said.
The children were brought into the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.
On October 5, Zapata was arrested and charged with four counts of causing injury to a child, nearly three months after the violence allegedly occurred.
“When we have serious allegations like these, we don’t ever want to rush the investigation. These things take time to complete,” said Joe Decker, Canyon County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, to People magazine.
If convicted, each felony count could add up to a maximum of 10 years behind bars to Zapata’s sentence.
[Image: Canyon County Sheriff’s Office]