INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A 25-year-old woman is facing child abuse charges after police says she poured scalding water and industrial strength bleach on her 2-year-old daughter.
According to WDAF, the child was transported to Children’s Mercy on Saturday, for second-degree burns on 12 percent of her body, including her face and back.
This was approximately 24 hours after the abuse occurred.
The victim reportedly told a child services investigator that "Mommy is mean,” and stated there was bathtub water in the blue bucket and that “Mommy did it.”
Police then began to investigate the mother, 25-year-old Katie Grimes, after the child’s grandfather was not allowed to see the child when he picked up his son’s other three children.
During the visit, the older grandparents reportedly told their grandfather that their baby sister had been burned with hot water.
The children are quoted as saying that the child “screamed really loud” when Grimes changed her clothes.
When the grandparents confronted the woman, she was quoted as saying "it’s bad, but it’s none of your business.”
Police say Grimes' account of what happened to her young daughter has been inconsistent. At one point, Grimes says the bathtub contained trash cans full of hot water and bleach because she was cleaning. She says the child poured the bleach on herself.
In a later conversation, Grimes told police that the child was actually burned at about 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12.
Karen Wynn, 51, is also charged with abuse and neglect for failing to report the burns, after Grimes woke her up early Saturday to tell her the child had poured hot bleach water on herself.
By mid-afternoon, Wynn says the girl’s eyes were almost completely swollen shut. She told Grimes she should take her to the hospital, but Grimes refused.
Neither Grimes nor Wynn called 911. Wynn also initially told detectives she was not present when the incident occurred, but then amended her statement to say she was present.
Wynn says she was afraid to call because of a previous investigation by the Children’s Division.
Grimes entered a not guilty plea and was given a $150,000 cash bond. Wynn also entered a not guilty plea and was given $100,000 bond.
An account has been set up for Kaylynn at http://www.gofundme.com/Kaylynn.