by: Cody Long and Nexstar Media Wire
Posted: Oct 9, 2020 / 07:22 PM EDT/ Updated: Oct 9, 2020 / 11:38 PM EDT
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — The mother of a 2-year-old Florida girl who was abused last year by her ex-boyfriend is now telling her side of the story.
Maranda Mixson was charged with child neglect. Her boyfriend at the time, Andrew Bennett Ross Celauis, was charged with aggravated child abuse, but he killed himself in the Escambia County Jail.
Mixson said her world has been flipped upside down. Her three kids were taken away from her, but she had no idea what was happening to her youngest child.
“One hundred percent, I did not know about the abuse that was occurring,” Mixson said.
Mixson said she moved out of state after receiving death threats.
“The past year and a half has been, you know, just trying to rebuild what’s been broken,” she said. “It’s been extremely difficult.”
In early 2019, deputies say Celauis was caught on home cameras torturing Mixson’s daughter while wearing a werewolf mask, burning her skin, shooting an airsoft gun at her and forcing the child to wear a dog shock collar.