West Texas father charged with gluing mouth, eyes of toddler

Posted at 10:36 AM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-26 11:36:14-04

ODESSA, Texas (AP) – Investigators say a West Texas man has been arrested on charges that he beat his 1-year-old daughter and glued shut her eyes and mouth.

El Paso County records show 29-year-old Johnnie Lee Carter was being held Wednesday on a charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury. Carter was arrested Monday at an El Paso motel and faces extradition to Odessa.

Odessa police Sept. 16 responded to a domestic disturbance. Police say Carter had fled but his toddler was found with facial injuries and her eyes and mouth glued shut. She was transported to a hospital.

An affidavit says the mother told police that her husband choked and punched their toddler before applying adhesive. A super glue stick was nearby.

Online records didn’t list an attorney representing Carter.