Mother accused of beating son defends herself in jailhouse interview

Taquila Wilson defended herself during an interview in jail regarding allegations of beating her 3-year-old son in Phoenix.

A Phoenix mother accused of beating her 3-year-old son spoke out about the allegations during an interview Monday night from inside Maricopa County’s Estrella Jail.

Twenty-one year old Taquila Wilson, who was arrested last week, denied abusing her son.

“I just wanted to prove that I am innocent and I didn't commit these crime, the crime, that's being put on me,” Wilson said.

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Court documents show those crimes include allegations she abused her son with a belt, shoe and clothes hanger.

Police say Wilson left the 3-year-old had bruises and injuries on his legs, arms, head, neck, ears, face, torso and back, which doctors say were in various stages of healing.

Doctors also reported the child had cauliflower trauma on both ears.

In court documents investigators say three separate people reported the boy’s injuries to police and that when asked what happened, the boy reportedly told officers, "Mommy hit me."

Police also say Wilson’s two older children, ages 4 and 6, told officers their mother caused the injuries.

“Abusing my son, I did not do that at all,” Wilson said.

While Wilson denies the allegation, investigators claim she initially admitted to disciplining the boy and causing some of his injuries by hitting him with a belt.

Now, when Wilson is asked what caused the injuries, she says they’re due to a medical condition.

“Yeah, he has a skin disease and that's all I want to disclose. He has a skin disease," she said. “I have paperwork for it and I need an attorney to prove my innocence."

According to court documents, Wilson also told police she was the boy's only caretaker and that she was dealing with a lot of stresses in her life.

She remains in jail, charged with one count of child abuse.

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