A STEPMOTHER is alleged to have set a five-year-old girl’s face on fire as punishment for yelling.
Dalia Jimenez was arrested after officers responded to reports that the child had been burned on May 13 in Dallas, US.
The 20-year-old woman told police the little girl was injured during an accident while lighting a candle.
But detectives said inconsistencies in her story led to a confession that she had intentionally poured rubbing alcohol on her stepdaughter's face and used a lighter to set it on fire.
Detective Greg Parker said: “It was about an hour long conversation, but ultimately at the end of that conversation she did confess to me that she had intentionally burned the five-year-old for yelling previously in the home.
"The burns extended on both sides of her cheeks and just a little bit down to below her jawline, small burns on her shoulder as well.”
The detective added that the burns were left untreated for two days.
The child’s father was not at home when the incident happened and accepted his wife’s candle explanation at face value.
Police responded to a report from a concerned neighbour at the apartment complex where the child lives.
The five-year-old and a younger sibling were removed from the home by Child Protective Services and are said to both be “safe with family.”
DFPS employees evaluated an incident in 2018 in which the same girl suffered a broken arm, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Grand Prairie police said there had been no evidence that a crime occurred in that case.
The girl told a forensic interviewer that her stepmother had hit her with a belt at other times, Parker said.
Paramedics evaluated the girl and determined she did not require immediate treatment.
She was treated on a day in the next week at Parkland Memorial Hospital’s burn center in Dallas.
Jimenez was charged with felony injury to a child.
She was released from the Grand Prairie detention facility after posting $20,000 bond.
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