BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The neighbor who found a badly injured child after an alleged attack by his father said she's haunted by what she saw.
Tonya Hammond said Monday that she discovered 4-year-old Angelo Mendoza Jr. late last month lying naked in a bloody heap on the floor of an Ohio Drive apartment.
Bakersfield police would later discover that one of the boy's eyes was missing and the other eye was damaged beyond repair. Investigators said the child told them, "My daddy ate my eyes."
Tonya Hammond lives next to the Mendoza family in one of the Ohio Drive apartments. She said she heard yelling coming from the family's unit when the alleged abuse was happening on April 28. A few minutes later, she and another child decided to check on the boy, who they called Angel.
"Angel was on the floor, unconscious and he was naked," Hammond said. "You could tell he was breathing, because his stomach was going up and down."
Hammond called 911 and followed directions until police, fire crews and an ambulance got there. She said she didn't know exactly what the child's injuries were, because she didn't want to get too close and cause additional harm.