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Report: Toddler 'Forcibly Submerged' In Scalding Liquid

7:37 AM, Jul 3, 2013   |    comments
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Charlotte, NC -- The mother and stepfather of a 2-year-old Charlotte boy have been charged after investigators found him with burns on his face and a broken arm, according to a report from CBS affiliate WBTV.

Emergency crews were sent to a home in the 3100 block of Nobles Avenue June 22. The warrant, obtained by WBTV, said the boy was found with a "life-threatening burn to the face" and had a fractured right arm. WBTV reported that he was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for treatment.

The warrant noted the boy had a "pattern of what appeared to be small crisscross marks on his legs and back."

Monique Smith, the 21-year-old mother of the toddler, told investigators she threw hot cooking grease in the boy's face and broke his arm, according to the warrant. Smith explained that the pattern was from a belt used to discipline the child.

Davont'a Ford, the boy's 22-year-old stepfather, admitted he used a belt for disciplining his children, according to WBTV's report. They said he was charged with Intentional Child Abuse and drug related charges - he was issued a $30,500 bond.

The doctor treating the boy told the Department of Social Services that based on evidence, it was not likely the burns happened as the mother described. The warrant said the doctor believed the boy was, "forcibly submerged into scalding liquid for a period of time."

The doctor told investigators that the marks on the boy's body seemed like they were from an iron, however, Smith denied owning an iron, according to WBTV.

Smith was charged with two counts of Intentional Child Abuse and two counts of Child Abuse and was taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail where she was issued a $14,000 bond.

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