SAN LEANDRO — A woman has been ordered to stand trial on charges that she tortured her 9-year-old son, allegedly keeping the boy barricaded inside a bathroom where local police found him suffering from numerous serious injuries in January court records show.

Shawanda Black, 25, is due in court Tuesday, facing charges of torture, mayhem, and false imprisonment by violence. She was ordered to stand trial after a preliminary hearing in September, and has been incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin since her arrest 10 months ago, court records show.

A doctor who examined the boy’s injuries — among them, a broken back, multiple broken ribs, an injury to his liver and open wounds all over his body — noted they were “particularly cruel and brutal” and the result of physical abuse, police have alleged in court records. The boy was discovered “cowering” inside the bathroom where he was locked away, home alone, in a San Leandro apartment, according to authorities.

Black was arrested after the boy’s father reported to police in January he suspected abuse and that she’d been refusing to participate in custody exchanges since Christmas 2019. When police arrived at Black’s apartment, they discovered the bathroom was barricaded from the outside with a wooden chair. Inside they found the boy lying on the floor, authorities said.

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