Mother Of Severely Frost-Bitten 5-Year-Old Pleads Guilty

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Mother Of Severely Frost-Bitten 5-Year-Old Pleads Guilty

March 28, 2014 Updated Mar 28, 2014 at 11:04 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- A Fort Wayne mother, whose 5-year-old son suffered a severe case of frost bite, has pleaded guilty.

Marquisha Whitten was in court Friday morning and entered a guilty plea. She is scheduled to be sentenced April 17th.

At her first court appearance a not guilty plea was entered on her behalf, which is common at initial hearings.

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A not guilty plea was entered this morning in court on behalf of 25-year-old Marquisha Whitten, the woman accused of causing her 5-year-old son to get frostbite during the arctic cold last week.

A 5-year-old boy nearly lost his fingers and toes after his mother allegedly walked away from him lying in a pile of snow without any gloves on his hands or socks on his feet.

The woman who found the boy told police that she had a few people over for drinks and Marquisha Whitten, 25, showed up, already intoxicated, with her two children. After only being at the party for a short time, the mother began to get her children ready for the cold and the woman offered to help take the children back to the Whitten's apartment.

According to the woman, she went to get dressed and came back and Whitten and her two children were gone. But, then Whitten came back saying that she lost her keys but quickly located them in her back pocket. The woman said she went into the hallway to locate the two children and found Whitten's 11-month-old daughter lying on the stairs and picked her up and offered to take them home.

According to police reports, the woman saw Whitten yelling at her son to quit crying while she walked away from him (approximately 20 feet) as he lie in the snow without gloves on.

The woman told police that Whitten was 50 feet away when she yelled at her about treating her children this way. She picked up the boy and took him inside.

Then a neighbor came over, noticed the injuries of the boy and called police. The woman went to Whitten's apartment to get supplies for the boy and began to argue with her to which she replied "F**k them kids, I need to find my keys."

According to police reports, when the woman returned to her apartment, the boy was crying and they decided to put socks on his feet and wrap him in blankets. She told police that he was wearing a coat, snow pants, snow boots (without socks) and a snow cap but no gloves and his boots were stuffed with snow.

Police say Whitten's BAC was 0.298% and that DCS placed the daughter into foster care and Whitten was arrested. The boy was taken to the hospital and doctors advised that he may lose his fingers and toes.

A source close to the case confirms that the boy did not lose any fingers or toes as a result of the frostbite.

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