Mum allegedly doused daughter in mix of hot water and bleach

A woman in Missouri, US is facing child abuse and neglect charges after police said she poured hot water and bleach on her toddler.

The woman's mother also faces charges in the same case, reported Fox News.

Katie Grimes, 25, and her mother, 51-year-old Karen Wynn, were arrested last week.

Hospital staff and police found a two-year-old girl suffering from burns on 12 per cent of her body, including her face and back.

The girl's eyes were also swollen shut from contact with hot bleach, reported Huffington Post.

Court documents showed that police began investigating Grimes after she refused to let the child's grandfather Steve Koehn see her when he and his wife went there to pick up their grandchildren.

Two of the grandchildren told Mr Koehn that their baby sister had been burned and said she "screamed really loud."

Grimes admitted it was "bad", but told him that "it's none of your business".

The child was eventually taken to a hospital.

The little girl told a Children's Division Worker that her mother had poured hot water mixed with bleach onto her, court records state.

"Mummy is mean," the victim told the worker. "Mummy did it."

Grimes, however, told authorities that she had left a bucket of hot water mixed with bleach in a bathtub for cleaning purposes.

The toddler spilled it on herself, she claimed.

Wynn told a detective that she had not been in the house at the time, but she told the detective later that she had, in fact, been at home, the report reads.

AFRAID

From the time of the little girl's initial injuries, it took more than nine hours for the toddler to receive any medical attention, police said.

When asked why she had not gone to a hospital sooner, Grimes allegedly told police that she was "afraid to do so because of a previous Children's Division investigation".

Both women face one count of abuse or neglect of a child resulting in serious physical injury.

Wynn was charged because she failed to report the burns.


This article was first published on December 22, 2014.
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