Mom frustrated with CPS investigation into daughter's injury

July 9, 2013 4:50:18 PM PDT
Child Protective Services is trying to understand how a four-year-old girl received burns on her body. Right now, the little girl is still living with her mother after reporting that it was another family member who inflicted those burns.

The little girl is home with her mom and doing better. But the mom is getting frustrated with the investigation, especially since she says she knows who burned little Jazzlyn Davis.

The burns and bandages no longer get in the way of four-year-old Jazzlyn's favorite pastime, playing beauty shop. But three and a half weeks ago, it was very different.

"I'm crying and she's crying and she's not understanding what's going on with this. And I'm crying because I'm looking at it, trying to be strong for her," said Twanna Davis, Jazzlyn's mom.

Davis says a relative was watching Jazzlyn when the little girl sustained bad burns, allegedly in the bathtub. But Davis has doubts about that story.

"According to the people at CPS and the police, they said the water doesn't get that hot. Even if you have a house -- and not without you knowing or noticing the smoke or the steam," she said.

Eyewitness News is not showing graphic pictures of the burns on the preschooler's arm, leg and hip. You can see some of the smaller, more minor burns on her forehead. Davis first took her daughter to Texas Children's Hospital and was transferred to the burn unit at Memorial Hermann.

Davis is continuing to care for the burns at home with sterilized water, gauze and medication.

"She still screams at the top of her lungs," Davis said. "I still have to unwrap this and do her leg. And her arm is getting a little bit better, but her leg was second- and third-degree and that's where it's the most tender."

Houston police are investigating, as is CPS. A spokeswoman there told me Jazzlyn is safe with her mom. But Davis says she's had words with the relative she says hurt her baby.

"She said that if she's arrested, she's going to run because she doesn't want to go to jail," Davis said.

We are told the relative has been brought in for questioning and released, and that the four-year-old has been asked to give her account of events as well.

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