Authorities in Florida have charged a 23-year-old woman with intentionally burning a little girl by pouring boiling water over her genitals, buttocks and back as punishment, likely leaving the child permanently disfigured . Angelina Mayton was arrested this week and charged with one count of aggravated child abuse causing serious injury, Orlando affiliate CBS WKMG-TV reported.
According to a police affidavit obtained by the station, Mayton brought the little girl to Palm Bay hospital on December 27 at around 10:36 a.m. with third degree burns below her waist. When doctors asked what happened to the child, Mayton reportedly said she put the girl in the tub and briefly left the bathroom because one of her other two children had taken to scream and cry. She reportedly said the girl must have accidentally turned on the hot water while she was not in the room, claiming that when she returned the girl had climbed out of the tub and was on the floor sleeping. cry and say the water was too hot.
The girl was quickly transferred to the Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, which has a pediatric burn unit and a rehabilitation center.
Doctors who treated the victim reportedly told investigators that in addition to the burns, the girl also suffered several other injuries indicating abuse. The girl is said to have had numerous bruises and scratches as well as a broken wrist that went untreated and appeared to have been fractured about two weeks earlier.
The doctor also reportedly explained that the precise pattern of the burns suffered by the victim seemed to contradict Mayton’s story that the girl was in the tub and accidentally turned on the hot water, telling investigators her injuries all appeared to have been inflicted. intentionally.
The doctor told investigators the victim’s burns “were unified as if his back, buttocks and private parts had been submerged in water,” WKMG reported.
“The doctor also noted, according to detectives, that there were no burns on the girl’s feet or arms, which means that they were not submerged in water and that he there were no traces of splashing, which would have indicated that the child had been in the tub and tried to escape when the water got too hot, as Mayton had suggested, ”the report.
According to a report from Florida today, a Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigator spoke to medical experts and determined that the water used to burn the child was “at least 150 degrees.”
Although the victim’s age and her relationship with Mayton were not disclosed, the DCFS investigator also reportedly discovered that the little girl was “not old enough to come out of the water,” as the described Mayton.
In an interview with investigators, Mayton’s two young sons both reportedly said that in the morning the little girl suffered the burns she defecated on the living room rug and was punished by Mayton. Investigators then speculated that Mayton intentionally poured hot water on the young girl as “malicious punishment” for defecation.
Mayton was held in the Brevard County Jail Thursday and released Friday after posting $ 35,000 bail.
[image via Brevard County Sheriff’s Office]
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