Police: 2 charged after child burned with scalding water, industrial strength bleach
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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (Dec. 17, 2014) – A Missouri woman faces child abuse and neglect charges after police say she poured hot water and bleach on her daughter.
The woman’s mother also faces charges in the case.
Doctors are treating the girl, who’s less than 3 years old, for second-degree burns on 12 percent of her body including her face and back, reports WDAF.
The girl, Kaylynn, was brought to the hospital on Saturday, 24 hours after the incident occurred, according to police.
According to a child services investigator, the little girl said “Mommy is mean” and said that the bathtub water hurt her.
Court documents show that police began investigating Katie Grimes, 25, after she refused to let the child’s grandfather see her when he and his wife came to pick up their grandchildren.
Two of the grandchildren told their grandfather that their baby sister had been burned and said she “screamed really loud.” The grandparents returned to the home and asked about it. Grimes admitted it was “bad” but told them “it’s none of your business.”
Police said Grimes’ account was inconsistent. She said she was cleaning up apartment Saturday and filled two small trash cans with hot water and bleach, and placed them in the bathtub. She said the girl poured the water and bleach on herself.
In a subsequent interview, Grimes said the child was burned around 9 p.m. on Friday and admitted that sometimes her frustration gets the best of her.
Grimes’ mother, Karen Wynn, 51, is charged with abuse and neglect because police say she failed to report the burns.
Police said neither Grimes nor Wynn called 911 after the child’s injuries became apparent.