Thursday, December 18, 2003

Sitter charged in scalding of 21/2-year-old

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MIAMI TWP. - A Clermont County toddler was in fair condition Wednesday at Shriners Hospital for Children after suffering third-degree burns to his legs and hands while in the care of a baby sitter.

Angela Smith, 29, of the 1300 block of Commons Drive, was arrested shortly after 8 p.m.Tuesday. She is charged with one count each of felony assault, resisting arrest and child endangering.

Police were called to Smith's apartment after the boy's mother, Kimberly Doyle, 21, discovered blisters on her son.

Doyle dropped off the toddler, and his 21/2-year-old sibling, at Smith's apartment shortly after 7 p.m. She told police she went to the grocery store and returned about an hour later.

Smith's own children, two sons, ages 10 and 2, and her 10-month-old daughter, were also in the apartment, according to a police report.

Authorities said the incident allegedly occurred when Smith fell asleep and her 2-year-old son scalded the other toddler while attempting to give him a bath.

Smith has pleaded not guilty. She is scheduled for another court appearance next week.


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