The boy’s teeth had been deliberately broken, he had a deep gash on his lips and his arm was broken in multiple places.
The boy was found to be severely underweight and had cuts on his face that appeared to have been gouged by fingernails.
Cops rushed the boy to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, where doctors said the victim would have died of his injuries within the next 48 hours had he not been rescued.
Doctors added there was no way the boys injuries could have been inflicted accidentally.
Stacy told police she started caring for the boy in October 2017 at the request of the boy’s mother, Rune Springer, 26, and his stepdad Travis Tillotson.
Springer allegedly contacted police in March 2018 after Stacy dropped her son off with the horrific injuries.
Springer and Tillotson waited for a day before calling police.
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Springer and Tillotson struck a plea deal in February, which saw them admit to child neglect and received a total sentence of four years in prison.
That deal will also see them testify against Stacy and her co-defendants.
According to InkFreeNews, Fayette Robinette, 60, and Annette Priestly, 60, were also charged after cops found photos on Stacy’s phone, which allegedly show that they were aware of the abuse but did nothing to help the boy.
No motive has been given for the abuse.
If convicted, Stacy could be sentenced to up to 16 years in prison.