A Lafayette woman faces battery and neglect charges that include allegations she burned her infant by holding the child under a hot shower.
A probable cause affidavit says doctors at an Indianapolis hospital found blistering burns to the face and upper torso of 18-year-old Danielle Nichole Hunt’s infant on March 5.
The affidavit says Hunt told officers she held the 3-month-old under a hot shower after the child’s dirty diaper leaked onto a bed.
Hunt is being held on three counts of battery resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of child neglect. Online court records don’t list an attorney who could speak on her behalf.
In a statement to investigators, which also is cited in the affidavit, Hunt said she became angry with her child and hurt the infant on several occasions.
On one occasion, Hunt told police the contents of a dirty diaper leaked onto her hand, so she “squeezed the child’s foot until she heard a popping sound.”
The night before the child’s hospitalization, Hunt told police that his or her dirty diaper leaked onto the bed, so she held the child in the shower under hot running water until she noticed the infant’s skin show signs of burns.
She is being held at Tippecanoe County Jail on $5,000 cash and $50,000 surety bond.