Toddler’s Face “Forcibly Submerged” Into Scalding Water

Monique Smith

Monique Smith

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Investigators in Charlotte say two people have been charged with child abuse after a two-year-old was found with critical burns to his face and a broken arm.

According to a search warrant issued on Thursday, emergency crews were called to an apartment along the 3100-block of Nobles Avenue on Saturday, June 22.

When Medic personnel arrived at the apartment, they reportedly found a two-year-old boy with a “life-threatening burn to the face,” the warrant states. The toddler, who also had a fractured right arm, was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, to be treated for his injuries.

Davont'a Ford

Davont’a Ford

The warrant also states that the little boy had a “pattern of what appeared to be small crisscross marks on his legs and back.”

According to the warrant, 21-year-old Monique Smith claimed that she had thrown hot cooking grease in the little boy’s face. She also admitted that she had broken his arm, according to the warrant, and told investigators that the pattern on his body was from the belt that she used to discipline the little boy.

Last Tuesday, 22-year-old Davont’a Ford – the boy’s step-father – told detectives that he used a belt to discipline his children. He also reportedly told investigators that after the little boy’s face was burned, he used a blue bath towel to wipe the boy’s face.

Ford was arrested and charged with intentional child abuse and drug related charges.  He’s being held on a $30,500 bond.

According to the warrant, officials with the Department of Social Services (DSS) went to the hospital to talk to the little boy’s doctor.

The doctor told officials that she didn’t believe the burns came from hot cooking grease. From the evidence she had seen, she believed the little boy was “forcibly submerged into scalding liquid for a period of time,” the warrant states.

She told officials that a mark on the toddler also appeared to be from an iron, but Smith denied owning an iron.

Smith was charged with two counts of intentional child abuse and two counts of child abuse. She’s being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a $14,000 bond.

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