Cocoa Mother Suspected of Submerging Child In Scalding Water
By Space Coast Daily // November 21, 2014
caused severe burns to 40 percent of child's body
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Sanika Murray of Cocoa was arrested on aggravated child abuse charges on Thursday, suspected of submerging her 3-year-old daughter in 140 degree water, according to the Cocoa Police Department.
According to police, Murray, 20, is suspected of forcing and holding the 3-year-old girl in a bathtub filled with scalding water, causing severe burns to 40 percent of her body.
The incident, which occurred on Aug. 17, was first reported as an accident, and that the child had slipped in the tub.
However, doctors treating the child at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Cinncinnati, indicated the burns were not accidental.
Barbara Matthews, Cocoa Police Public Information Officer, said that due to the nature and type of burns the child suffered, it appeared that the child was held down in the water and struggled to escape.
Murray declined to speak with investigators and is currently being held in the Brevard County jail.
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