Child Recovering From Burns; Mother Charged
May 17 2012
http://wreg.com/2012/05/17/two-year-...other-charged/Memphis) Mother of three, Mariam Kearney, said she thought something was going on inside her next door neighbor’s home, but she wasn’t quite sure, “She didn’t let them speak at all, they just walked with their head down.”
She wasn’t surprised to learned the woman who once lived next door to her, 21-year-old Ashley Bradshaw, was arrested Wednesday and is now facing Aggravated Child Abuse Charges.
According to police, Bradshaw took her 2-year-old daughter to the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to be treated for burns.
According to police, she told staff the toddler was burned when she was left alone in the bath tub and turned on the hot water.
But Doctor Karen Lakin told police the child’s injuries did not match that story and that the burns were “suspicious for non-accidental trauma.”
Bradshaw is now behind bars with $100,000 bond.
The two-year-old is recovering at Le Bonheur.
According to the Department of Family Services, this is second time in less than two months that they have investigated Ashley Bradshaw.
They said a case was opened at the end of March when Bradshaw was accused of abusing her 4-year-old son.
But Molly Sudderth from DCS told News Channel 3, the kids were allowed to stay with Bradshaw until the investigation was completed.
The state has 60 days to investigate each case.
The second incident occurred during the investigation.
The state now has custody of both kids.
May 18 2012-
http://www.wmctv.com/story/18559974/...th-memphis-mom(WMC-TV) - Neighbors cannot figure out how a mother who lived in their apartment community could be accused of abusing her two year-old daughter weeks after the TN Department of Children's Services was alerted to possible abuse involving her four year-old son.
"If she did something to the first child, quite naturally she might do something to the second child," said neighbor Linda Brown.
"What if that baby had died?" said neighbor Sabrina Davis. "Should have taken them away the first time," she added.
21 year-old Ashley Bradshaw was arrested Wednesday and charged with burning her daughter in a scolding hot bath tub. The injuries were so severe the child remains at LeBonheur Children's Hospital some three weeks later.
Abuse allegations involving Bradshaw's son were under investigation at the time her daughter was injured. However, DCS contends there was no way of predicting additional problems.
"Our staff was working at that time to gather information and determine the needed services or placement for the children," said DCS spokesperson Molly Sudderth.
"There are problems with every single system," said Exchange Club Family Center director Barbara King.
"They've got a huge load they have to contend with and they don't get it perfect every time," said King. "But nobody does. But they're trying their best."
A lot can happen in the 60 days the state has to investigate abuse claims.
There are no details on the abuse allegations involving Ashley Bradshaw's son. So far, she is only charged with abusing her daughter. Brashaw's bond is set at $100,000.