HOUSTON, TX – Veronica Harris and Christen Rogers have been arrested for dousing a 4-year-old girl in alcohol and lighting her on fire.
The girl was brought to an emergency room last May, suffering from burns to almost 40% of her body. Harris, her aunt and custodial guardian, claimed she had no idea how the girl was burned.
Harris said it had been 24 hours since the little girl was injured but she had been unable to get her medical attention because she didn’t have transportation. She also stated she should have called 911.
Investigators would learn how the girl was injured from the child herself. She told police that her aunt strapped her into a car seat for being bad. She said after she was strapped in, her aunt poured a bottle of alcohol all over her.
While still strapped into her seat and wearing only a diaper, Rodgers held a lighter to her stomach and set her on fire.
Harris told investigators that the alcohol was used to treat the girl’s mosquito bites while Rodgers denies lighting the girl on fire.
He states that he witnessed Harris pour the alcohol on to the child while he was standing in a doorway lighting his cigarette. He brilliantly deduced “the wind must have caught his flames” and that’s how she possibly caught on fire.
Arson investigators confirm that Rodgers story is highly unlikely.
Harris and Rodgers were both arrested following a year long investigation, and have each been charged with injury to a child. They are each being held on $30,000 bond.Tags: burn, Child Abuse, Christen Rodgers, Crime, fire, Texas, Veronica Harris