Woman accused of pouring scalding water on infant

Woman accused of pouring scalding water on infant

JACKSONVILLE - A Jacksonville mom is charged with felony child abuse after Onslow County deputies said she poured scalding water on her 9-month-old daughter.

Michelle Woodhouse-Deboyes, 33, of Hines Farm Road in Jacksonville, was charged on Tuesday with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury and mental emotional injury.

Investigators said the mother became angry after the infant would not stop crying.  That's when she allegedly flipped her child's seat over, causing bruising to the infant's face.

Deputies said Woodhouse-Deboyes then filled a coffee mug with boiling water and poured the scalding water on the infant.  The mother allegedly held the infant down in the boiling water which had puddled on the floor.

Sheriff Ed Brown said the infant suffered second-degree burns sustained over 12% of her body.  The baby girl was in the Chapel Hill Burn Center for 10 days.

Woodhouse-Deboyes appeared before an Onslow County District Court judge on Tuesday.  Deputies said she remains in Onslow County jail under a $100,000 secured bond.

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