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