A Conway woman, accused of first-degree domestic battery and first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, is scheduled for arraignment in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday.
Ashley Burch, 29, is scheduled to enter a plea on the charges before Judge Ed Clawson.
Burch was arrested Oct. 8 after a six-year-old child in her care received severe burns from her belly button to her mid-thigh, police said.
Burch told emergency room staff the child received the burns from some sort of chemical when she fell into a ditch on her way home from school. However, a physician’s examination showed the burns were not received from chemicals, but a scalding liquid, police said.
While Burch was out of the room, the child told hospital staff she received the burns when Burch poured hot water on her while she laid in bed.
The child said Burch was angry with her, and accused of her of taking money and jewelry from a dresser. Police said the child referred to Burch as her mother, however, Burch lives with the child and the child’s biological mother.
Burch later told officers she lied about how the burns occurred, but would never give officers an accurate account. Burch did admit to spilling water, heated in the microwave, onto the child, but said it occurred while the six-year-old laid on the kitchen floor.
Burch is currently being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.
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