AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin mother is facing charges for injury to a child by omission after her 3-year-old daughter’s feet were severely burned requiring skin-grafts and physical therapy.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Montranae Ellison, 24. According to the affidavit, Ellison brought her daughter to the emergency room on July 6 claiming her the 3-year-old had burned her feet in the bathtub the day before.
The mother said as she walked away to do laundry she heard her daughter calling for her in the bathroom. Ellison claims she returned to the bathroom to find her daughter’s feet peeling, which she treated by removing the skin, rubbing her feet with butter, and bandaging them.
Medical staff at the Brooks Army Medical Center said the third degree burns to the child’s feet happened before the mother claims she was burned. “These burns are in the process of healing and appear days older than the stated few hours. This type of injury is extremely painful and typically requires sedation for treatment,” stated the medical staff.
A doctor told police the delay in getting help for her daughter caused the young girl to develop issues with her feet that will require splints. The 3-year-old will also need physical therapy to regain mobility of her feet, which doctors say would not have been the case if she was brought in for treatment sooner.
As police searched Ellison’s house on July 12 she admitted her daughter had accidentally moved the bathtub handle and burned her feet on June 27.
The warrant issued for Ellison’s arrest has the bond set at $10,000.