- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A D.C. woman has pleaded guilty to abusing a 2-year-old child in her care and obstructing the investigation that followed, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District said Tuesday.

Kimberly McCowan Williams, 52, pleaded guilty on Monday to first-degree cruelty to children, attempted second-degree cruelty to children, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She faces up to 16 years in prison when she is sentenced on Aug. 12.

Authorities said Williams was babysitting the 2-year-old girl on Sept. 20, 2009, at her home in the 200 block of M Street SW. The child accidentally picked up a cup of bleach that was in the bathroom and spilled it on her face.

When the child moved her body in pain, she knocked over some glass items in the bathroom. Seeing the broken items, Williams got a belt repeatedly hit the little girl with it.

Williams did not seek medical attention for the bleach burns on the child’s face and in the child’s eyes or for the bruises that were left on the child’s body from the beating. She called a poison control center about eight hours after the assault and provided false information to the operator, authorities said.

Williams for hours ignored telephone calls from the girl’s mother. Finally, at 9:10 p.m., the girl’s mother took the child to Children’s National Medical Center.

Authorities said the child suffered no permanent injuries as a result of the accident and attack.

After Williams returned the child to the mother, she kept her own daughter out of school for several days and encouraged her daughter to lie to police to thwart the investigation.