BLADENSBURG, Md. – A babysitter in Maryland frustrated with a crying infant put the child’s feet to a frying pan, causing blisters, burns, and swelling, according to local police.
Ismelda Ramos-Mendoza, 36, of Bladensburg has been charged with child abuse, assault, and reckless endangerment in connection with the baby’s injuries, reported the Washington Post.
Police in Bladensburg were called Saturday to Children’s National Medical Center in the District. It was there that hospital staff reported a 6-month-old child with severe burns to her feet, according to Detective Cpl. Charles Earle.
The child’s parents told police that they suspected their daughter may have been injured when she was under the supervision of Ramos-Mendoza, Earle said.
Ramos-Mendoza initially told investigators that the child’s feet “may have rubbed across a tortilla,” during an interview Monday, Earle said. Moreover, she repeated the explanation several times before saying that she became frustrated because the “baby was crying too much,” according to Earle.
“Out of frustration, she placed the baby’s feet on the grill or pan she was cooking tortillas on,” Earle said.
Consequently, Ramos-Mendoza was arrested and initially ordered held without bond.
Earle said blisters covered the baby’s feet, which also swelled from the burns.
“Other seasoned police officers and investigators that have seen the pictures say it’s heart-wrenching,” Earle said.
Ramos-Mendoza has been a local babysitter for about a year or two. Therefore, Earle indicated the department is investigating whether other children under her supervision have been harmed.
“My concern is that she portrayed this as an accident,” Earle said.
He urged families that think their children might have been hurt to contact him at 301-864-6080.