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Mother, Grandmother Charged With Child Abuse After 2 Year-old Girl Badly Burned

December 20, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A 2-year-old girl is recovering in a Kansas City hospital after she suffered second degree burns to more than 12 percent of her body.

The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office charged the girl’s mother, Katie Grimes, and grandmother, Karen Wynn, with felony abuse of a child. Court documents show Grimes and Wynn face charges for failing to seek medical attention for the young girl.

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“I can’t imagine her for a day or two [without medical attention],” the girl’s uncle Scott Lundgren told 41 Action News. “I sat with her in the hospital and after getting hospital treatment and drugs that calmed her pain, she was still screaming in pain.”

According to court documents, a Children’s Division Worker spoke with the girl who told her that, “Mommy is mean.” The probable cause statement continues on to say the girl stated that the bathtub water “did it,” that the water was in the blue bucket, and that, “Mommy did it.”

The court documents read in part:

‘GRIMES told her that she was cleaning the apartment on 12/13/2014, sometime before lunch when the incident occurred. She said that she filled small trash cans half full with hot water and industrial bleach and then placed them in the bathtub. She left the Victim in the bathroom and started downstairs. When she was halfway down the stairs, she heard the Victim screaming in the bathtub. She returned to the bathroom to find that the Victim had poured the hot bleach water onto herself. She dried the Victim off with a towel, gave her some ice and put Neosporin on the burns.’

“Her laughter fills a room,” Lundgren said of his niece Kaylynn. “Anytime she’s there, it’s smiles and happiness and just what two-year-old girls are supposed to be.”

Video captured Kaylynn in happier times. Now, photos provided by the family reveal what she looks like with burns on her head and back.

Lundgren said he not only wants justice for Kaylynn but also for all child abuse to stop.

“There’s other people out there that are experiencing similar things to what Kaylynn is experiencing so it’s more than just ‘Ok, we have to have justice for Kaylynn here,’ but there are thousands of kids out there.”

Grimes pleaded not guilty and a judge set a bond of $150,000. Wynn also pleaded not guilty and the judge set a $100,000 bond. They’re due back in court in July.

Kaylynn’s three other siblings are staying with their other grandparents with the help of Lundgren and his wife.

As for her injuries, her uncle said it’s too early to tell what kind of permanent scarring Kaylynn will have.

From KSHB Kansas City

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