Woman dipped toddler's feet into scalding water: Cops

Jennifer Vaughn, the girl's step-grandmother, was babysitting the child on August 11 when she called the girl's mother to say she should rush home.

Detective Potter says the little girl was under the care of Vaughn that day.

The toddler was rushed to hospital, then to a specialist unit where doctors are battling to save her feet from amputation. The burns are being considered "sock burns", because they look like a pair of socks.

Kaylee's mother, Brittany Smith, told the station that the damage to her daughter's skin was burned so badly that the skin grafts might not take.

Kaylee is now home, but requires more surgeries, the report said. Kaylee's mother said Vaughn told her that she had used scalding water to punish the 2-year-old girl because she was having "a bad day".

Potter said doctors told him "submersion for 3 to 4 seconds in 140-degree water" would cause the type of burns the toddler has, according to WDEF. She was charged with aggravated child abuse and was being held in lieu of $150,000 bond.

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The crowdfunding page said the girl's parents have lost work and are struggling with "huge medical expenses" for their daughter's treatment.

"I've set this up for all of those wanting to donate to help my son and daughter in law with our granddaughter's needs", Barbara Little said on the page.

If convicted, Vaughn could face 15 to 80 years in prison. "Kaylee is in a lot of pain".

"It's not right", she said. "'She is at high risk of infection and could end up losing them".

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