August 29, 2008

8-month-old scalded in boiling water

Aug. 29, 2008

The Associated Press

BROWNSVILLE, Texas -- A 32-year-old mother is charged with injury to a child after allegedly scalding her 8-month-old infant with boiling water.

Cpl. Alonso Najera said Friday morning that Margarita Cuellar Alvarado is in the Cameron County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

The Brownsville Herald reports the baby is being treated at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

Brownsville Police spokesman Jimmy Manrrique (man-REE'-keh) said Alvarado, an undocumented immigrant, was arrested on Wednesday after she took her baby to the hospital.

He said authorities determined the child's injuries did not match Alvarado's story. Police believe she waited more than a day before taking the wounded infant for medical attention.

If she is convicted of the second-degree felony, Alvarado may face up to 20 years in prison.

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