Stepdad beats toddler, mother charged with neglect

Sylvia Cortinas was charged with child neglect and endangerment for failing to protect her daughter

The mother of a three-year-old Harlingen girl was charged with neglect Friday, just three days after her husband was charged for beating up her toddler.

Primera Police charged 29-year-old Sylvia Cortinas with child neglect and endangerment for failing to protect her daughter from her abusive stepfather.

This comes after she was severely beaten last month.

Cortina TMs husband, Adolfo Garza Jr., was charged for severely beating her three-year-old daughter on Tuesday.

"During our investigation, we learned the mom knew and believed the actor, Adolfo Garza, had the tendency to become violent toward the child and yet she didn't do anything to prevent him from being alone with the child, Primera Police Chief Manuel Trevino.

In knowing that, Trevino says Cortinas left the three-year-old girl with Garza.

When she returned, the child had cuts on her face and her hair was pulled out.

Cortinas did rush her to the hospital, but police say the mother should have known better than to leave her alone with Garza.

"It TMs hard to believe that mom, who knew of the potential danger, did not step up and say, ~we need to stop this relationship because it TMs endangering my kid. TM It TMs hard to believe that you see your child in danger but you don't do anything to defend her, Trevino said.

Luckily, Trevino says the girl will recover and won't suffer from any long term health effects.

"Whether you're an adult or a child you shouldn't have to go through that type of abuse the child went through, much less a defenseless three year old have to go through that, Trevino said.

Cortinas' bond was set at $50,000.

Cortinas is not a U.S. citizen. If convicted, she may face deportation.