Woman accused of burning 2-year-old with iron

Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 5:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 5:43 p.m.

A woman suspected of burning her toddler son with a hot iron was charged by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office Friday, according to an arrest report.

Rachelle Maria Thomas, 32, of 4401 SW 13th St., was charged with child abuse for an incident that reportedly occurred on Jan. 13.

The report states the burn left an imprint on the right leg of the 2-year-old. On Monday, Thomas called a Shands clinic to schedule an appointment for assessment and treatment of the burn but did not show up, the report states.

Shands staff called Thomas, who reportedly said she was going to the emergency room that night. The report states she did not go to the emergency room.

An investigation was launched by the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Sheriff's Office.

A medical exam showed a sharp demarcation of the burn, the arrest report states. The report says that Thomas told investigators the boy accidentally burned himself with the iron. However, the pattern of the burn was not consistent with an accident, officials determined.

The report adds that Thomas eventually admitted that she pressed the iron into her son's thigh and that she treated the burn by putting butter on it.

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