- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

WESTLAKE, La. (AP) - A 32-year-old Westlake woman has been arrested on a charge of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile after a 2-year-old boy was severely burned.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers tells KPLC-TV (https://bit.ly/1wfNsqw ) that Melynnie Fondel was arrested last week and is being held on $600,000 bond. It was unknown if she has an attorney.

Myers, in a news release Monday, said Fondel was interviewed Oct. 16 following the Oct. 9 incident in which the toddler was burned. Fondel says the alleged incident happened as she was running water for the child’s bath and the toddler crawled into the tub as she stepped out of the room.

Myers says doctors told detectives the burns were not consistent with accidental burns but were consistent with being submerged in hot water.


Information from: KPLC-TV, https://kplctv.com

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