Mother, acquaintance in custody after child ‘tortured’

(Photo courtesy: Tuscaloosa Police Department)

TUSCALOOSA, AL (AP) — A 9-year-old boy is recovering after Alabama police said he was tortured by his mom and an acquaintance of hers.

WBRC-TV reports he was being treated at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham but is expected to pull through.

Tuscaloosa Police said a relative notified them after noticing something was wrong with the child.

The child’s mother, 31-year-old Cecily Burton, was arrested along with 40-year-old Marzel Mills for attempted murder and aggravated child abuse.

Doctors say the child had over 100 bruises on his back alone, fluid behind his eye, broken bones, a homemade stitched ear, and was malnourished.

Sgt. Mike Chaisson said it’s the most horrific child abuse case he’s seen in his 20-year law enforcement career.

Mills and Burton are being held on $400,000 bond at the Tuscaloosa County Jail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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