Maranda Lyn Mixson thought her 2-year-old daughter just needed treatment for ringworm when she took her to Sacred Heart Hospital last month.
But doctors knew what they were looking at wasn’t consistent with ringworm. They were actually burns, WEAR reported.
Hospital personnel alerted the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office who launched a child abuse investigation, which yielded three arrests.
Andrew Bennett Ross Celaius faces the bulk of the charges. Deputies said the 37-year-old tortured the girl by throwing bottles of milk, sometimes completely full, at her as she slept.
They said at a press conference Wednesday that he used an overhand motion to hit the child with the milk, causing her to wake up and cry.
Chief Deputy Chip Simmons said Celaius fired an airsoft gun at the sleeping girl, “for no other reason but to wake the child up and to hurt the child.”
Shock collars are typically used to train dogs. Deputies said Celaius used one to torment the little girl.
“You can hear the sounds of the dog collar being activated, and then the shrieking and the pain that the child has suffered as a result of this,” Simmons said.
The burn marks were said to have been caused by a small torch.
As if the physical abuse wasn’t traumatic enough, Simmons said Celaius performed these acts while wearing a werewolf mask.
He was charged with six counts of aggravated child abuse, four counts of child abuse, violating probation, possession of a weapon and several drug-related charges.
Back in 2006, Celaius was charged with the murder of 2-year-old Kyler Janes, who had been hospitalized with bruises covering his body and bleeding in his brain and eyes.
A jury found him not guilty, WKRG reported.
Wednesday night, authorities found Celaius hanging by the neck in his jail cell, WEAR reported. He survived, but his condition is not known.