Two babies were hospitalized and their parents are now behind bars in separate cases for alleged child abuse. The arrest happen just days after National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month kicked off April 1st.
Andrea Nicole Boyce was arrested and charged with injury to a child on Thursday. She's accused of scalding her child's feet in a bathtub.
News Channel 25 was able to obtain both arrest affidavits. According to Boyce's affidavit, the incident occurred October 24, 2012, when her one-year-old child received burns to both his feet. The burns were so severe the child had to be transported to the Parkland Hospital Burn Unit in Dallas for second degree burns.
In the arrest affidavit, the child's mother told investigators the incident happened when she stepped out the bathroom to take a call. Boyce claims it was her older child that turned on the hot water scalding the baby.
The affidavit says "the injury sustained by the victim and the history and the provided by the defendant were not consistent." Police investigators did not agree with her story, and through their investigation they obtained an arrest warrant for Boyce. She is now in the McLennan County Jail with a bond set at $100,000.
In a separate child abuse case, a local man already serving time in McLennan County Jail was charged with injury to a child on Thursday. Kedrick Javon Betters is accused of shaking his baby casing bleeding in the child's head.
The incident happened February 26th, when his baby had to be taken to the McLane Children's Hospital in Temple. The child was experiencing respiratory failure and CPR had to be done by EMS. Once at the hospital, the baby was incubated and had a brain scan done that showed significant bleeding in the brain. After further testing, doctors found that the child had a fractured skull.
According to the arrest affidavit, the parents of the child said the baby had fallen off the bed the night before but doctors determined that couldn't be true. They labeled the injury non-accidental and found the injuries were caused by forceful trauma to the head and shaking.
Waco Police Department Spokesman Patrick Swanton said one witness interviewed by police told them that they had seen Betters shaking the child the night the baby went to the hospital for breathing problems.
According to the Department of Family and Protective Services, there were a total of 64,000 children abused or neglected in all of Texas last year. There were a total of 212 child abuse related deaths in the state. In McLennan County there was one death and 698 abuse victims and in but in Bell County, there were five deaths and 924 confirmed child abuse cases.