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Metro Phoenix woman accused of abusing toddler

PHOENIX -- A Tempe woman was accused of child abuse for allegedly forcing a 3-year-old girl to eat human feces as punishment.

Nicole Renee Candelaria had her initial court appearance Monday and her bond was set at $5,400.

The 27-year-old Candelaria was arrested Saturday. Authorities said her boyfriend was the girl's father and she often takes care of his three children while he is at work.

Court records show Candelaria became upset when the girl defecated in the bathtub and Candelaria allegedly forced her to eat the excrement.

The child was taken to a Tempe hospital where doctors also noted some bruising on her chest, back, sides and legs.

Candelaria was booked into the Tempe City Jail on one count of child abuse-domestic violence.

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