Man accused of biting out son's eye

May 19, 2009 8:27:37 PM PDT
A 4-year-old California boy may be permanently blinded after police say his father bit out one of his eyes and mutilated the other. Bakersfield police say 34-year-old Angel Vidal Mendoza appeared to be under the influence of PCP when he attacked the boy April 28. Afterwards police say Mendoza rolled his wheelchair outside and began hacking at his own legs with an ax.

Four-year-old Angelo Mendoza Jr. told police, "my daddy ate my eyes."

Doctors at Mercy Hospital say it's unclear whether Angelo will regain vision in his right eye.

The boy's mother wasn't home at the time.

Mendoza is due in court Wednesday. Charges include mayhem, torture and child cruelty. Jail officials say they don't know whether he has an attorney.

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Information from: The Bakersfield Californian, http://www.bakersfield.com


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