A Tennesse toddler is recovering after her step-grandmother allegedly dipped her scalding water, though her mother says the little girl is not in the clear, and at risk of losing her feet.
ABC2 reports that 53-year-old Jennifer Vaughn, the step-grandmother of 2-year-old Kaylee Robinson, is accused of intentionally burning the toddler with hot water in her Chattanooga home.
According to Kaylee’s mother, Brittany Smith, the incident happened on August 11 while Vaughn was babysitting Kaylee. Smith told the outlet that shortly after the incident, Vaughn called her in a panic and explained she hurt the little girl after having “a bad day.”
Kaylee was rushed to the hospital, then sent to a burn center in Georgia to get treatment for what Rhea County Sheriff’s Department detective Rocky Potter called “the worst scald burns I’ve ever seen.”
‘It’s terrible, it’s just so stressful. Kaylee has had two operations so far, but they haven’t worked. The skin is not really repairing itself in the way the doctors hoped it would. She’s in a lot of pain,” Smith told Metro.
Potter reportedly said Vaughn admitted to using scalding water to “punish” the toddler. Smith said Kaylee is now “at high risk of infection.”
“It’s not right,” Smith said. “There is nothing in this world that a 2-year-old can do, no matter how bad they lashed out at you.”
Meanwhile, authorities arrested Vaughn and charged her with felony aggravated child abuse. She faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted. Her case is scheduled to go before a grand jury in October.
According to online court records, Vaughn is behind bars on a $150,000 bond.
Pictures of 2-year-old Kaylee after surgery. Kaylee’s mother sent me these photos. She told me the damage to the child’s skin was so bad that the skin grafts may not take. pic.twitter.com/XIN2JTzfUH
— Abby Kirk (@AbbyKirkNews) August 20, 2019
Smith told Metro that if it were up to her, Vaughn would be punished the same way her little girl was.
“If I had my way, she would have the exactly same punishment given to her that she inflicted on my daughter.”
If you’d like to help Kaylee, visit the family’s GoFundMe page.
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[Feature Photo: Kaylee Robinson/GoFundMe]