Police: Austin mom admits to beating daughter for years with table leg, cowboy boot

30-year-old Eunice Alvarez Augusto is accused of abusing her 10-year-old daughter for years. (Photo: CBS Austin)

An Austin mother is accused of abusing her 10-year-old daughter for years after the girl's injuries were discovered at school.

According to an affidavit, Child Protective Services investigators were called to Thompson Elementary School on January 19 after the school nurse reported the victim's injuries.

Investigators say the girl's back was full of new and old healing scars, bruises, and both new and old lacerations on her back and legs. The victim also had a swollen left thigh which brought her pain and caused her to walk with a limp.

The girl told the investigator that her mother has beaten her for the past 3 years with items like a stick, a cable and an extension cord.

Court documents say the girl was transported to Dell Children's Medical Center, where doctors found she had suffered a scalp hematoma, two hand fractures and a left leg injury.

The girl also had a black eye, hematoma on her left buttocks, and numbers instances of healing fractures.

When the girl's mother, 30-year-old Eunice Alvarez Augusto, was interviewed by officers about the victim's injuries, she confessed to using various objects to discipline the girl, according to the affidavit.

Police say Augusto admitted to using a leather belt, an extension cord, the heel of a cowboy boot and a long piece of wood she described as possibly being a table leg to hit the girl. She also admitted to slapping the victim in the face repeatedly.

According to the affidavit, Augusto says she would hit the "out of control" girl with whatever she could find nearby. She also stated that she goes "blind" when disciplining her daughter and does not know where exactly she hits the girl.

Augusto also allegedly told police she has a strong temper and concerns that she would kill the girl during the beatings.

When investigators interviewed the victim while in the custody of CPS several says later, she described the various forms of punishment that Augusto would visit upon her, including stepping on her left hand with her boot and grinding it until her bones cracked and making her stand naked in a cold shower with buckets of ice while being hit with a stick.

Doctors believe the girl's scars will lead to permanent disfigurement, and the injury to her left thigh will result in permanent swelling.

Augusto is charged with injury to a child, a first-degree felony.

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