Mother of babies found bound, beaten and gagged in Southern Calif. home arrested, charged

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the mother of a baby and a toddler who were found beaten, bound and gagged in a Southern California bedroom has been arrested.

Riverside County court records show Erica Monique Henry was booked into county jail Tuesday and released on bail Thursday. The 24-year-old has been charged with two felony counts of child abuse.

The grandparents of 18-month-old Miah Scott and 4-month-old Jasmine Scott found the girls Feb. 26 in a home in Jurupa. Investigators say both girls were tied up and had been beaten. One had a sock stuffed in her mouth.

Their father, Jeremiah Scott, was arrested that day and charged with two counts each of torture, child abuse and corporal punishment of a child. He has pleaded not guilty.


Information from: The Press-Enterprise,