UPDATE: Bruised boy in CPS care; mom, 3 roommates jailed

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UPDATE OCT. 6:

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. -- Four people are now facing child abuse charges after a woman inside a Wal-Mart reported seeing a 3-year-old boy with severe bruises over his body.

The Mohave County Attorney's Office has since reviewed the case and has charged Eleanor Ruth Hawes and Austin Lee Hildenbrand with child abuse per domestic violence.

Police have charged another roommate, Amber Lynn Alliger, 30, with child abuse per domestic violence.

Police say all four suspects live in an apartment in Bullhead City, along with the boy and Alliger's two children, ages 2 and 6. Alliger's children showed no signs of child abuse.

Police say the three roommates were all aware of the abuse the boy received at the hands of his mother and did nothing to protect or help him.

The 3-year-old boy was released from Sunrise Hospital on Sunday and is now in the care of Child Protective Services.

The four suspects are at the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

The following is a press release from the Bullhead City Police Department: BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. -- A local mother is facing several child abuse charges after her 3-year-old son was flown to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1st, a woman inside Wal-Mart called police to report a suspected child abuse after seeing a little boy with bruises all over his face and body. The woman caller sounded very distraught while talking to dispatch about what she had seen.

Police responded to Wal-Mart and observed a boy slumped over in a shopping cart basket with bruises all over his body, dried blood around his mouth, marks around his wrists (consistent of being tied up) and was unresponsive to questions.

Fire Paramedics transported the 3-year-old boy to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center because he was dehydrated and malnourished. While police were at the hospital, several nurses were emotional and crying over the boy's injuries. One hospital staff member told police that the boy had asked her if she was going to tie him up.

After further investigation, detectives discovered the boy's mother, 25-year-old Mitzie Dawn Hadsall, had physically abused her son, would deny him food and water for several days and lock him in a closet as a form of punishment. The boy also slept locked inside the closet. Hadsall was arrested for aggravated assault, child neglect and endangerment.

Two of Hadsall's roommates, 50-year-old Eleanor Ruth Hawes and 23-year-old Austin Lee Hildenbrand, were also arrested in connection with this case. Hawes was arrested for endangerment and Hildenbrand was arrested for failing to report child neglect.

Child Protective Services will take care of the 3-year-old child victim after he is released from Sunrise Hospital. The boy is currently listed in stable condition.