Toddler suffers burns after mom allegedly pours hot water, bleac - KCTV5 News

Toddler suffers burns after mom allegedly pours hot water, bleach on her

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Katie L. Grimes, 25, has been charged with felony abuse. Grimes' mother, Karen G. Wynn, 51, faces the same charge. A judge set Grimes' bond at $150,000 cash only while Wynn's bond was set at $100,000 cash only. Katie L. Grimes, 25, has been charged with felony abuse. Grimes' mother, Karen G. Wynn, 51, faces the same charge. A judge set Grimes' bond at $150,000 cash only while Wynn's bond was set at $100,000 cash only.
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

A mother is accused of pouring scalding hot water and industrial-strength bleach on her young daughter, and the maternal grandmother is accused of covering up the abuse.

Kaylynn, who will turn 3 years old next month, is now with relatives after she was treated at Children's Mercy Hospital for second-degree burns.

Court documents offer the heart-wrenching details with the child telling a social worker, "Mommy is mean," and that "Mommy did it." Court records indicate that the family has previously been the subject of an investigation by state social workers.

Katie L. Grimes, 25, has been charged with felony abuse. Grimes' mother, Karen G. Wynn, 51, faces the same charge. A judge set Grimes' bond at $150,000 cash only while Wynn's bond was set at $100,000 cash only.

The child's paternal grandfather alerted authorities after Grimes refused to allow him to see Kaylynn.

The grandfather told authorities that he and his wife went to pick up their four grandchildren on Saturday, but Grimes refused to allow them to take Kaylynn. The two older grandchildren told their grandfather that toddler had been burned with hot water and "screamed really loud" when her clothes were changed.

The alarmed grandfather went back to the home, which is near U.S. 291 and 24 Highway, and confronted Grimes, according to court documents. The child's paternal aunt recorded part of the conversation and Grimes allegedly told them, "It's bad, but it's none of your business." The family left and alerted police.

An Independence police officer went to the home but got no response. The officer then got reinforcements. A sergeant and four officers were able to make contact with Grimes, who said that the child was at Children's Mercy after Grimes "had spilled boiling water" on her, according to court documents.

A doctor at the hospital told police that Kaylynn suffered burns on 12 percent of her body, primarily her face and back.

"Upon the victim's arrival at the hospital, it was evident that Grimes did not seek immediate medical attention for the victim as the burn wounds were no longer weeping," according to court records.

A social worker told authorities that the child told her "that the bathtub water 'did it,' that the water was in a blue bucket and that 'Mommy did it.'"

Grimes gave various stories about her daughter was injured. She claimed that she left buckets of water and bleach in the bathtub and that her daughter dumped them on herself.

She said she dried her daughter off, put some antibiotic ointment on the burns along with ice. She admitted she waited more than nine hours to get medical attention for her daughter.

Wynn initially said she wasn't at the residence when her granddaughter was burned but later admitted that she was, according to court documents. She said her granddaughter was burned before 7:30 a.m. Saturday but didn't get medical help until 9:30 that night.

She admitted that she or her daughter should have called 911 but "was afraid to do so because of a previous Children's Division investigation."

Grimes would eventually tell detectives that her daughter was injured about 11 p.m. Friday and allegedly said she gets frustrated at times and that her frustrations got the better of her, according to court documents.

KCTV5 attempted to speak to Kaylynn's paternal relatives, but were unsuccessful. An account has been set up to help care for Kaylynn and her siblings. Click here to read more and donate.

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