A Tennesse toddler could lose her feet after her babysitter dipped her in boiling water. Her feet were so badly burned it looked as if she was wearing red woolen socks.
Jennifer Vaughn, 53, the babysitter of Kaylee Robinson, 2, was accused of intentionally burning Kaylee with hot water in her home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to Metro.
The incident happened on Aug. 11 while Vaughn was babysitting Kaylee. Brittany Smith, Kaylee’s mother, said after the incident, Vaughn called her in a panic and explained she hurt the little girl after having “a bad day.”
“I got a phone call from Jennifer,” Smith recalled. “I could hear Kaylee screaming in the background.”
The toddler was rushed to the hospital, then sent to a burn center in Georgia to get treatment.
Although Kaylee had two operations, they didn’t work, she is now “at high risk of infection.” Smith said, “She’s in a lot of pain.”
Potter said Vaughn admitted to using boiling water to “punish” Kaylee.
“It’s not right,” Smith said. “There is nothing in this world that a 2-year-old can do, no matter how bad they lashed out at you.”
Vaughn has been charged with aggravated child abuse and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.
According to online court records, Vaughn is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond.
If you’d like to help Kaylee, visit the family’s GoFundMe page.