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Apr 25, 2014 1:31 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Teen mom blames boyfriend for child abuse

TUCSON - Pima County Sheriff's detectives are investigating a teen mom accused of almost killing her 2-year-old son.

Alexus Roland, 19, is charged with Child Abuse. She is in the Pima County Jail being held without bond.

On April 19, just before midnight, deputies responded to a drowning report on Desert Straw Lane near Valencia and Swan Roads, according to a search warrant.

When deputies got to the house, the front door was open. The home smelled like marijuana and a smoking pipe was out in the open. Deputies found the toddler with blunt force trauma to the back of the head along with cuts and scrapes on the boy's body. The bathtub was half full, and the couch and bed were wet. The child was having trouble breathing, according to the warrant.

A CPS report states the child was placed on a ventilator in the hospital.

The child is doing well now. He is in state custody and placed with a family member, according to Detective Muriel McGillicuddy with the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

At first, Roland tried to blame her boyfriend for beating up and and trying to drown the child. Then she changed her story, saying he forced her to do it at gunpoint, according to the warrant.

The boyfriend does not face any charges. McGillicuddy said she is not sure if he was even home.

"At this point there's no indication that the boyfriend was involved with the incident," she said.

The boyfriend is not the child's father.

CPS had no previous interaction with the child, according to its report.

In January, Roland was charged with Marijuana Possession, according to Tucson City Court records.

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