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Mother Arrested As Boys Bound With Tape For Minor Infractions

July 24, 1988

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A woman faces child abuse charges because of the ways she punished two sons and a nephew, including taping one boy’s toes ″because he’s always wriggling them,″ police said.

Arraignment was scheduled for Monday on three felony counts of child abuse against Dorothy Christina Evanovich, 31, said Deputy District Attorney Stephen A. Baron.

Ms. Evanovich, described as a transient with no known address, said she bound the eyes of her 8-year-old nephew, Stephen, with clear plastic medical tape ″because he kept looking around,″ said police Detective Susan Livera.

The woman said she taped Stephen’s hands in back and put a plastic bag over them because the child ″wasn’t a good eater,″ and also put a lit cigarette in the boy’s nose and mouth, Ms. Livera said.

The mother said she taped together the hands of her son, Nicolas, 7, as if he were praying and put a lamp shade on his head because he ″likes to stay up at night,″ Ms. Livera said.

She also taped Nicholas’ toes, Ms. Livera added, while the hands of her 4- year-old son, Anthony, were taped to his side for other infractions.

Ms. Evanovich was being held in lieu of $9,000 bail following her arrest Wednesday at a motel where guests and employees reported the alleged abuse, Baron said.

The children were placed in protective custody while Ms. Evanovich undergoes psychological tests.

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