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A 20-year-old Houston mother is accused of abusing her 1-year-old son because she was jealous and thought his dad loved him more than her.

Lessielee Ann King was charged with felony injury to a child. The baby’s father told investigators with the Humble Police Department that he grew concerned after finding various unexplained bruises on his little boy’s body. The father said the bruises only surfaced when King was alone with him, so that made him suspicious.

Afraid to leave the baby with King, the father told investigators he asked his friend to move in with them for a few months and to monitor King’s interactions with the child. The friend confirmed his suspicions. The friend said he did not think King had a motherly bond with the child because she showed no affection toward him. The friend also said he witnessed King slapping the baby “too hard” on the face, legs and arms, investigators said.

Investigators were also given photographs taken when the child was younger that showed significant bruising on his left eye and right thigh.

When investigators asked King about the bite mark on the baby’s cheek, she allegedly said she never meant to leave any marks on her son.

She said the toddler’s face was just a little red after she “sucked” and “chewed” on his face.

Charges were filed and her bail was set at $5,000.

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