Mom accused of burning son's hand with hot pan

Ana Lucia Martinez-Mejia, 29, is charged with injury to a child

August 19, 2011 12:21:39 PM PDT
A Houston woman is facing charges for allegedly burning her son's hand on a hot pan. According to court documents, she did it because she believed he lied about eating candy that didn't belong to him.

Ana Lucia Martinez-Mejia, 29, is charged with injury to a child stemming from the incident that happened at their north Houston home on June 8.

According to court documents, Martinez-Mejia told investigators that a roommate had alerted her that her 8-year-old son had taken candy that didn't belong to him. When she questioned the child about it, she says he denied it.

She then told police she instructed her oldest son to turn the stove on to scare the child. She said she tested the pan herself and it was not hot.

Court documents go on to say that Martinez-Mejia placed the child's hand on top of the pan thinking it wasn't hot, even though she acknowledged the child told her it was. When she tried to place his other hand on the stove, the child reportedly screamed for his father to help.

Martinez-Mejia told investigators she didn't take the child to the doctor because they didn't have any money. She says she put mustard, tomatoes and ice on his hand and then bought burn cream from a pharmacy to treat the burns, which she says she did for two weeks.

A doctor from Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital who saw photos of the child's hands believes the child suffered second-degree burns, according to court documents.

Bail in the case has been set at $35,000.

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