Father charged with beating toddler, gluing mouth, eyes shut

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ODESSA, Texas (AP) — A father suspected of gluing shut the eyes and mouth of his 1-year-old daughter has been arrested in West Texas.

El Paso County records show 29-year-old Johnnie Lee Carter is being held Wednesday on a charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury.

On Sept. 16, Odessa police found the girl with facial injuries and her mouth and eyes glued after responding to report of a domestic disturbance

The toddler’s mother told police that Carter choked and punched the girl then applied adhesive. A super glue stick was found nearby. Carter had fled, according to an affidavit.

Carter was arrested Monday at a motel in El Paso. He faces extradition to Odessa, some 270 miles (435 kilometers) away.

Online records didn’t list an attorney who can speak on Carter’s behalf.

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