A civilian at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston was arrested Wednesday on assault charges, accused of almost pulling off her 6-year-old son's genitals because she was angry with him, then using super glue to try to repair them, court records said.
The FBI charged Jennifer Marie Vargas, 34, with assault within maritime and territorial jurisdiction resulting in serious bodily injury. She faces up to 10 years in prison.
A criminal complaint affidavit said the child's father, an active-duty soldier, returned home from work Sept. 27 and found his son crying in an upstairs bedroom.
The father saw bloody tissue in the boy's underwear and a severe injury to his scrotum and took him to the San Antonio Military Medical Center, the affidavit said. There, he was found to have a laceration to his scrotum that was 4 centimeters long, and the boy had bruising to his penis area, the affidavit said.
“Due to the child's extreme physical pain, the medical staff had to administer medication,” the affidavit said. “The child was taken into surgery to repair the damage to his scrotum.”
The affidavit said Vargas admitted to agents that while angry with the boy, she grabbed him by the scrotum and pulled him to her as hard as she could, “thereby ripping his 'sack' and causing a laceration.”
Vargas told agents she cleaned the wound with alcohol and then tried to fix it with super glue, the affidavit said.
“She applied super glue to the [boy's] scrotum until the bleeding stopped, stuffed his underwear with paper towels, and then told him to go to bed,” the affidavit said. “Vargas did not seek any type of medical treatment for the child.”
Vargas was not charged until now because the matter was still under investigation.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Mathy ordered Vargas detained without bond pending a bail hearing on Monday, where prosecutors will argue that she continue to remain jailed.