A woman was arrested after failing to seek medical attention for over a week when her 3-year-old daughter suffered severe burns to her feet.
According to an arrest affidavit, Montranae Ellison, 24, brought her 3-year-old daughter to Dell Children's Medical Center on an ambulance on July 6. The child had suffered third-degree burns on her feet and was transferred to Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio for burn care.
Ellison told medical staff that the child was burned around 8 p.m. the previous day when she was running water in the bathtub and stepped away to do laundry. She said that she tried to treat the burns at home before bringing the child to the hospital, according to the affidavit.
Medical staff determined that the child suffered the burns days earlier than Ellison had stated. They said that the burns would have been painful enough to need sedation for treatment and would require skin grafts.
On July 12, Ellison admitted to investigators that her daughter was accidentally burned on June 27 when she moved the temperature meter in the bathtub. Ellison said she had tried for the next week to treat the burns at home with over the counter medicine, according to the affidavit.
A doctor at Brook Army Medical Center determined on July 14 that, due to the delay in treatment, the burns on the child's feet had developed contractures and her feet were placed in splints. The doctor said that she would require ongoing physical therapy and splinting of her feet, which would not have been necessary if she had received immediate medical care.
"The care team did agree that the victim suffered a substantial amount of pain for an extended period of time as a result of the delay in care. The victim was most likely thrashing during the dressing changes that Ellison was performing at home, a procedure that is so painful that it typically required sedation and intravenous pain medication in a hospital setting," the affidavit states.
Ellison was arrested and charged with Injury to a Child by Omission, a state jail felony.
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