Baby girl fights for life after ‘climbing into bathroom sink full of scalding water’

A 15-month-old toddler is fighting for her  life after suffering burns over 50 per cent of her body from scalding hot  water.

A relative, who didn’t want to be named,  claimed the girl climbed on top of a commode into a bathroom sink where she was  burned by boiling hot water.

The child’s mother Jessica Ann Saunders has  been charged with child neglect and possession with intent to distribute  cannabinoids.

The baby girl was taken to Birmingham Burn  Centre in D’Iberville, Missouri, where she will remain for at least a  week.

Sergeant Terry Hines said: ‘We are still  investigating several witness accounts to determine exactly how it  happened.’

The child was first taken to Biloxi  Regional  Medical Center around 10am on Saturday and staff notified  police of a child  welfare concern later that day.

Police then arrested the mother over  allegations she was not properly supervising her child when the girl was  injured.

Police allegedly found enough  cannabinoids – synthetic marijuana known as spice – at Saunders’ home to suspect illegal drug  distribution.

Sergeant Hines added that a second child who  lives in the home was taken into temporary protective custody.

Justice Court Judge Bruce Strong set jail  bonds at $250,000 on the neglect charge and $25,000 on the drug  charge.

Arrested: The girl's mother Jessica Ann Saunders has been charged with child neglect

Arrested: The girl’s mother Jessica Ann Saunders has  been charged with child neglect

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