Mom Charged With Burning Child with Iron

Published June 1, 2009

A mom in Fayetteville, N.C. has been arrested and charged with burning her 11-year-old daughter with an iron.

The child, who was burned on both arms, her top left thigh and leg, said it happened because she wasn't ironing her Easter dress the way her mother wanted, WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C. reports.

Nia Michelle Brooks, 33, was charged Saturday with maiming, aggravated assault on a handicapped person, felony child abuse and assault inflicting serious injury.

According to sheriff's officials, the child is mildly retarded, has no field of vision in her right eye and only 30 percent field of vision in her left eye.

School officials say a teacher reported the injuries after seeing scars on the girl's arm when she rolled up her sleeves while playing outside at school. The girl wore a coat to school with temperatures in the 80 to 90-degree range to hide her injuries, officials said.

Written by BET.com Staff

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