CLIFTON, Colo. (KKCO) - A Clifton woman is behind bars, facing multiple charges in what authorities are calling one of the worst cases of child abuse they've ever seen.
39-year-old Dianeth Pittman is being held at the Mesa County Jail without bond. She was arrested Monday on two counts of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, a class three felony.
According to an arrest affidavit, the girl -- who authorities and 11 News will not identify -- told deputies Pittman was angry recently and threw her to the ground, causing her face to strike the floor. She says when she was on the ground, Pittman picked her up forcefully by the arms and shoved her into the wall.
A pediatric doctor noted she had several bruises, a black eye, and swelling on the top of her head that indicated "blunt force trauma." In his report, he marked the injuries posed a "substantial risk of death" and "substantial risk of permanent disfigurement."
When asked about other incidents, the girl showed investigators a scar on her abdomen and told them Pittman had heated a knife, placed it on her skin, and "branded" her there. She said Pittman told her is she misbehaved or told anyone, she would be burned again.
Mesa County Coroner Dr. Dean Havlick examined photos of the scar and said the injury would fit the category of a second or third degree burn, and posed a "substantial risk of permanent disfigurement."
"In my 24 years in law enforcement, I've never seen this severe abuse of a child," said Sgt. Henry Stoffel, an investigator in the MCSO Complex Crimes Unit.