Mother charged with abusing disabled daughter

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis mother is charged with abusing her physically and mentally challenged daughter.

Jennifer Cotten is charged with aggravated assault, abuse and neglect and violating bail conditions.

This is not the first time Cotten has faced these charges.

Cotten was ordered by a judge to stay away her from daughter after she left her in a hot car last summer.

Instead, police say Cotten has been recklessly taking care of her daughter the entire year.

The two lived in a house on Jamerson without electricity.

Earlier this month, the house caught fire and Rebecca suffered severe burns.

Carlos Rodriquez and his family didn not know the mother and daughter when they lived next door, but did see the fire.

His young daughter Celeste doesn’t understand everything going on, but the 10-year-old knows something is wrong.

“That is not her mom,” said Celeste Rodriguez.

“That’s not her mom? Why do you say that?” asked WREG’s Elise Preston.

“Because a mom needs to feed her daughters,” replied Rodriguez.

Rebecca, who is 21, weighs the same as Celeste’s 7 year-old little sister.

News Channel 3 stopped by a home on Tutwiler, Jennifer Cotten’s last known address.

The people there dodged us, and hid their faces as they drove by.

They said they were on their way to see Cotten in jail.

According to a police report, Jennifer and Rebecca tested positive for methamphetamine.

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