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Arrest report: Stepmother felt disrespected by child before slamming his head into floor

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Posted at 12:43 PM, Jan 26, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas woman is facing multiple charges in connection with a child's death earlier this month while in her care.

Patricia Atalig, 29, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on Jan. 23 after the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was called to investigate a possible child abuse call where a 4-year-old boy was found unresponsive at a home near Lake Mead Boulevard and North Walnut Road the night before.

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An arrest report shares details into the incident where Atalig told police that she got angry at the boy for not eating and slapped him. She then says she grabbed him after he called her a name and slammed him on his back along with slamming his head into the floor two times.

Atalig also told police that she then heard a pop sound the second time his head hit the floor and let go of her grasp.

The boy was then offered to eat a popsicle that he did not eat before being sent back to his room by Atalig a short time later.

Atalig told police her take on the incident after initially saying that the child's father, Marcel Foster Sr., had struck the boy.

Foster Sr. found the boy in his bed while returning home from work, according to police, and called 911 when the 4-year-old would not wake up.

A family friend was also at the apartment during the incident and told police that Atalig seemingly became upset with the child when he refused to eat his lunch and heard the boy getting spanked before he went to check on the boy in his room after the incident.

Atalig is facing charges of open murder and child abuse resulting in death.

Police said the boy was found with these injuries:

  • Large bruise on left side of face
  • Swelling on right side of head
  • Bruising to both ears
  • Bruising to inside of the lower and upper lips
  • Right elbow deformation, dislocation
  • Chest bruising
  • Bruising in several locations on the head

The 29-year-old is being held without bail and her next court date is scheduled for Jan. 28