Corpus Child Hurt, Locked Away Leads to Stepfather's Arrest

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- The stepfather of a 2-year-old girl found bruised and abandoned inside a locked apartment bathroom was arrested.

Dionicio Mendietta the Third was arrested Thursday. He faces a charge of child abandonment.

The toddler was found in an apartment bathroom October 7th after neighbors reported she was crying and screaming. Authorities say she appeared dirty and bruised and may have been left alone for as many as two days.

Text messages between the girl's mother and stepfather show Mendietta knew of the abuse and helped lock up the child.

The family has been the subject of 2 previous child welfare investigations. Both were in jail overnight Friday.