Injured Toddler's Mother Arrested

KALIHI (KHNL) - A three-year-old Kalihi girl arrives at a hospital with a swollen face, bruises and even bite marks. Now, her young mother is under arrest.

Investigators believe the physical abuse happened in one of the apartments in a multi-unit house on Fernandez Street. Police identified the mother's 20-year-old boyfriend as a possible suspect.

Wednesday, officers arrested the little girl's mother, 19-year-old Monica Villa, on suspicion of child endangerment. Investigators say she didn't immediately take the injured toddler to a doctor, and failed to prevent further abuse from happening.