A Bladensburg, Maryland, babysitter is accused of burning a 6-month-old’s feet because she wouldn’t stop crying.
The baby, Ana Flores Guerrero, supposedly sustained second-degree burns after Ismelda Ramos-Mendoza, 36, watched her for three hours on March 22.
Guerrero’s mother noticed redness on the bottom of the 6-month-old’s feet the next morning and asked Ramos-Mendoza if she knew anything about it. The 36-year-old feigned ignorance about the child’s injuries, according to charging documents obtained by WRC-TV.
The mother took her daughter to a doctor the next day after blisters formed on her feet. The doctor immediately called 911 to transport Guerrero to the hospital.
“The child’s feet are severely blistered,” Bladensburg Police Chief Tracy Stone told WJLA. “Taken aback and shocked. I can’t imagine.”
The Washington Post reported that Detective Cpl. Charles Earle said the child’s parents told police they believed their daughter was injured while in Ramos-Mendoza’s care.
According to Earle, Ramos-Mendoza originally told investigators that the 6-month-old’s feet “may have rubbed across a tortilla.” The sitter allegedly later admitted to harming the baby because she “was crying too much.”
“Out of frustration, she placed the baby’s feet on the grill or pan she was cooking tortillas on,” Earle said.
The baby was admitted to the hospital for a few days to monitor for infection. WRC-TV reported that doctors had to peel the burned skin from her feet.
Earle added, “Other seasoned police officers and investigators that have seen the pictures say it’s heart-wrenching.”
The department is investigating whether other children were injured while under her watch. Earle said he is concerned Ramos-Mendoza presented abuse as an accident before.
According to the Bowie Patch, Ramos-Mendoza was arrested Monday and charged with first- and second-degree child abuse and reckless endangerment. Earle told The Post that the caregiver was originally held without bond.
[Featured Image: WCBD]