One mother’s form of discipline has landed her behind bars. According to reports, Heydy Callejas is charged with injury to a child. Callejas is the mother of a four-year-old boy. She would reportedly beat the child with a belt, threaten to chop off his head and boil it in water. She also reportedly told her son that she was a witch. Callejas’ sister reported the alleged abuse to officials at the boy’s school in early February of this year.
A school nurse and school official examined the four-year-old boy’s body and found bruises and evidence of extensive abuse. The little boy reportedly told school officials and law enforcement that his mother would tell him that she was not only a witch but she would threaten to cut off his fingers and place his hands on a hot stove. The four-year-old boy also shared an incident in which his mother threatened to lock him in a closet so that a large serpent could come and eat his head off of his body. Authorities interviewed the mother and she reportedly confessed to beating the child with a belt on two or three different occasions.
The mother of the child told authorities that she suffered from depression and that when her son misbehaved in school, she would resort to beating him. She reportedly regretted how she handled disciplining the boy. Charges were filed this week against Callejas. She reportedly remains in jail.