Local Woman Accused Of Beating, Burning Two Children

Tita Easley (Jail photo)
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WACO (January 5, 2012)--A Waco woman was jailed in lieu of $355,000 bond Thursday, charged with multiple counts of injury to a child after two children told authorities a horrifying story of abuse.

Waco Police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Tita Yvette Easley was arrested Tuesday on warrants that stemmed from an investigation into claims she beat, burned and on at least one occasion attempted to drown the two young children.

Affidavits obtained from Waco's municipal court say the two children, both of whom are younger than 10, told authorities that Easley, 36, repeatedly beat them, burned them and on one occasion attempted to hold one of them under water.

One of the children, a boy, told authorities he would have died had an unidentified person not stopped Easley from holding his head under water, the affidavit says.

The affidavit says that Easley on Oct. 3, 2011 used the force of her knees to hold the boy under water in a water-filled hole in a yard and cut off his ability to breathe.

Easley is charged with five counts of injury to a child, one count of aggravated assault of a child with a deadly weapon and one count of criminal trespass.

The court documents explain that the children had visible injuries, including abrasions, bruises and cigarette burns.

In all six affidavits detail such injuries as the children being beaten with a broom.