North Las Vegas Police detectives today arrested a mother who burned her 18-month-old child by putting the girl's hands in scalding water
The woman has had her three children taken into protective custody three times before this
, records show.
In this latest case, the child, along with her two brothers have been in protective custody since June 4
North Las Vegas Police detectives received an arrest warrant for 26-year-old Shantell Morris
of North Las Vegas and arrested her today, Bedwell said.
The child will recover, authorities said.
"She's going to have horrible scars
," Bedwell said of the injuries to the child's hands, which were held under scalding water.
The mother had told the doctor she caught her daughter with her hands in the toilet. To clean the child's hands, Shantell Morris said she held them under a sink water faucet, which took a long time to heat.
Morris told Hoyt that she had just recently gotten the children back
from Child Protective Services. Her 2- and 5-year-old sons were in an upstairs bathtub at the time of the incident, but were not harmed, the complaint said.
Detectives went to Morris' apartment and tested the water faucet in the upstairs bathroom. After 12 seconds the water measured 114 degrees, then the temperature reached 134.1 degrees in one minute.