Mom, babysitter charged for toddler's burn injuries

Arrested: Luqretia Jaquette Jones, 24

February 20, 2012 12:24:43 PM PST
A Houston toddler's feet were badly burned, and officials said no medical care was sought for five days. Now, the child's mother and babysitter are both charged for the alleged crime.

According to court documents, Luqretia Jaquette Jones' two-year-old daughter suffered second-degree burns on both feet when she was staying with her babysitter in northwest Houston.

The babysitter, Samonique Keyanna Luchin, told Houston Police Department investigators that she was giving the child a bath on January 28. She reportedly ran the bath water and left the toddler in the tub while she went to get clothes.

The affidavit states that Luchin ran back into the bathroom when she heard the child scream. The girl had turned on the hot water and burned her feet.

"She was not going to get out of taking a bath," Luchin told police. She ran cold water in the tub and scrubbed the girl's feet with a towel and antibacterial soap until the skin on her feet came off, officials said.

Luchin said she sent a photo of the girl's injuries to Jones. According to police, Jones said she decided not to seek medical treatment for her daughter because she didn't think the burns were that bad and because she did not have transportation.

Court documents state that no one gave the child pain medication, even as the wounds opened.

Jones took her daughter to Memorial Hermann Hospital on February 2 because she would not stop crying, officials said. The doctor who saw her told investigators that the child's feet were blistered and infected, indicating a delay in medical care.

The child will be permanently disfigured, officials said.

Jones, 24, has been arrested and is charged with injury to a child by omission.

Luchin, 24, has not been arrested. She is charged with injury to a child.

Both charges are felonies. Bail was set at $50,000 for each.