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Milwaukee boy hospitalized after severe child abuse

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW)-- Doctors are calling a 3-year-old in Milwaukee “gravely ill” after police say he was severely beaten by his father’s new girl girlfriend.

Investigators say Jennifer Garcia beat the boy multiple times with a belt and shoe, punched him in the head and burned him with cigarettes.

According to a criminal complaint, the abuse took place over a 2 week period last month.

Our affiliate in Milwaukee, WISN-TV, spoke with the man who called 9-1-1 when he found the boy barely breathing at Garcia’s home.

"I opened up his eyes, and one of the eyes, his pupil was constricted and there was blood, and then on the other side, his head was swollen with a mark on his head," Reynaldo Pena said.

Pena asked Garcia and her mother how long the child had been lying there.

"She said six and a half hours, and then I kind of lost my cool and said, 'Six and a half hours? You guys are cleaning up a crime scene.' They were trying to get their story straight, and they were cleaning up a crime scene," Pena said.

Pena immediately called 911.

"I just can't believe that somebody I knew. It kind of shocks me. It just seems like a really bad dream," Pena said.

"He was a very sweet kid. All he wanted was love. That's all he wanted was love," the boy’s aunt, Sylvannah Robinson, said.

The child ended up with the boy's paternal grandmother, who asked his new girlfriend Garcia to watch him.

"It really did something to me because he's not just my nephew he's more like my son," Robinson said.

Garcia laughed in court and got into a shouting match with the boy's relatives earlier Monday.

According to investigators, the toddler was Garcia's boyfriend's favorite child and because he'd had him with another woman and that made Garcia angry.

After the hearing, the boy's family spotted Garcia being led back to jail, and that's when the shouting began.

A judge requested extra security at future hearings. Garcia's bail was set at $250,000.

Garcia's mother may also be charged in the case.

Doctors said there were too many bruises on the boy’s body to count. He has a lacerated liver and burn injuries to his eyes and nose.

Right now, he's paralyzed with severe brain injuries.

West Allis police said they did not have prior contact with the family before this tragic situation.

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