Stepmom douses 5-year-old girl with rubbing alcohol before setting her face ablaze, cops say

Authorities in Texas say a woman has been arrested on suspicion of burning her young stepdaughter in an incident earlier this month.

According to the New York Post, 20-year-old Dalia Jimenez was arrested after police responded to a Grand Prairie residence on May 13 in response to the report of a burned child at the location requiring medical assistance.

Upon their arrival, officers interviewed Jimenez, who at first reportedly tried to blame the girl’s injuries on an candle-related accident. After police say they identifying holes in her story, though, she allegedly admitted she burned the girl’s face because the young victim had been yelling.

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As for the child’s father, police say he wasn’t at home at the time of the abusive act and is not considered a suspect in connection with her injuries.

Investigators believe Jimenez applied rubbing alcohol to the child’s face before using a lighter to set it on fire, as reported by WTVR.

An investigation led police to charge her with criminal counts including injury to a child — a felony. As of the latest updates available, she had been released from jail after posting $20,000 bond.

Both the girl and her younger sibling were reportedly removed from the home and placed in the care of family members.

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[Featured image: Dalia Jiminez, Grand Prairie Police Department]