Mother pleads guilty to pouring scalding water on baby in fit of rage

ONSLOW COUNTY - An Onslow County mother pleaded guilty Thursday to pouring scalding water on her 9-month-old daughter.

Michelle Woodhouse-Deboyes, of Hines Farm Road near Jacksonville, pleaded guilty to felony intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, according to Assistant District Attorney Kaelyn Thompson. Woodhouse-Deboyes was then sentenced to between five years and 10 months to eight years in prison.

Woodhouse-Deboyes was arrested in October 2012. Deputies said the mother became angry because her daughter, who was 9 months old at the time, did not stop crying. In a fit of rage, Woodhouse-Deboyes flipped her child's seat over, causing bruising to the little girl's face, said deputies.

Woodhouse-Deboyes then filled a coffee mug with boiling water and poured the liquid onto her daughter, deputies explained. Afterwards, the mother held her child down in the scalding water that had puddled on the floor, investigators added.

According to Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown, the 9-month-old girl suffered second-degree burns on 12 percent of her body.  She was in the Chapel Hill Burn Center for 10 days before being released.

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