WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A Wichita Falls woman is behind bars after a baby in her care was flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with severe burns.
On Thursday, June 29, 2017, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department were called out to United Regional Hospital after a 7-month-old had arrived in the Emergency Room with severe burns.
According to the arrest affidavit, the baby girl sustained a submersion burn receiving second-degree burns to 17-percent of her body.
Blisters and peeled skin were also reported on the infant's body to the affected areas.
The suspect, Jessica Guadalupe Brashear, 30, was questioned by police.
Brashear said the infant had pooped on herself to the point it was running down the baby's leg.
Brashear told officers she went into the master bathroom and turned on the hot and cold water and filled the infant's tub which was sitting inside the bathtub.
Brashear retrieved the baby, removed the dirty diaper and sat the baby inside the tub without checking the water temperature.
She told police after a few seconds the infant began to make noises causing Brashear to believe the water was too hot.
The detective noted in the arrest affidavit that Brashear told doctors the baby was in the water for one to two minutes before being taken out.
Brashear said she noticed some areas on the infant's lower body were blistered and the skin was peeling off.
Officers made contact with the child's father who said he was at work at the time of the incident.
The father told officers that Brashear notified him through text that she was on her way to the hospital after having burned the infant and that it was an accident.
The father said Brashear feared she was going to jail. The residence was searched by the WFPD. Brashear and the child's father said ever since they moved into their apartment they noticed the water seemed extremely hot.
Both stated the water almost instantly came on hot. The water heater, located in the master bedroom closet, was checked and it showed the temperature to be at the maximum setting of 150 degrees.
WFPD and CPS officials spoke with more than one physician that specializes in the treatment of burn victims who reported this incident as 'highly suspicious' for abuse.
Brashear was arrested on Saturday, July 8, 2017. She has been booked into the Wichita County Jail charged with Injury to a Child.
Her bond is set at $25,000.