Wicomico Co. woman convicted in 2017 child abuse case
A woman was convicted on several charges after she burned a child with a hot washcloth, in Wicomico County.
The Office of the State's Attorney for Wicomico County says on March 12, 27-year-old Breonna West, of Salisbury, was convicted of child abuse second degree, assault second degree, and reckless endangerment. The charges stem from an incident that happened in June 2017.
At that time, a two-year-old child was in the care and custody of West, when West became angry at the child for touching the faucet. West apparently held a washcloth under hot water until it was hot enough to scald her own hand. She then pressed the washcloth to the child's face, causing second degree burns that resulted in the two-year-old's skin coming off in the affected area.
Authorities report that measured the water temperature of the house at 130 degrees. The Office of the State's Attorney for Wicomico County says, " An expert in the field of child abuse and pediatric medicine, who treated the child at Johns Hopkins Hospital, testified that the cloth would have been held on the child's face for approximately 30 seconds at that temperature and would have caused the child great pain."
West was sentenced to three years in the Division of Corrections.