A man from Florida’s Gulf Coast has been taken in custody for allegedly putting on a Werewolf mask and repeatedly abusing a 2-year-old.
Chief Deputy Chip Simmons of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office told reporters, “We’re comforted to some degree by the thought that this precious child will not be harmed tonight.”
Andrew Bennett Ross-Celaius, 37, previously stood on trial for the murder of another 2-year-old in 2006, but a jury found him not guilty.
Authorities said Ross-Celaius was arrested on suspicion of child abuse, aggravated child abuse, and possession of a controlled substance.
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said, “It’s the thing that nightmares are made of.” He said, “No child should ever be subjected to this.”
According to allegation Ross-Celaius threw bottles partially filled with liquid at the girl when she slept, fired airsoft gun at her, put an electrified dog collar on her and shocked her and used a grill lighter to burn her, authorities informed. Sometimes he wore a Werewolf mask during the abuse.