2 appear in court after child abuse arrests

A mother and another person appeared in court today after being arrested in Westport on child abuse charges.Gerriely Delacruz, who police say is the mother

NORWALK - A mother and another person appeared in court today after being arrested in Westport on child abuse charges.

Gerriely Delacruz, who police say is the mother of the 2-year-old victim, has not yet made a plea and is waiting to be assigned an attorney. The other suspect, Patrizio Arciola, has pleaded not guilty.

The arrest warrant indicates that the boy was hit frequently, duct-taped to a chair and had cold water used on him as a form of punishment.

According to the warrant, the two also have left the child in a field while they smoked crack cocaine.

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