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Woman arrested after child severely burned by scalding water

Jessica Ann Saunders (Photo Source: D'Ibeville Police Department) Jessica Ann Saunders (Photo Source: D'Ibeville Police Department)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -

D'Iberville Police arrested Jessica Ann Saunders, 24, of D'Iberville on Saturday on one count of felony contribution to the neglect of a child and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Chief of Police Wayne Payne said the arrest came after an investigation into a report of a child receiving burns from scalding water.

D'Iberville Police officers responded to Biloxi Regional for a report of a 15-month-old girl being scalded by hot water.

Officers were told the victim lived in the Dina Drive area of D'Iberville.

The child had burns on the lower portion of her body from scolding hot water. Lieutenant Terry Hines stated the burns to the child were so severe she had to be transported to a burn center in Birmingham, AL.

Hines said Saunders was not properly supervising the child at the time and was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

The D'Iberville Police Department was assisted by Harrison County Narcotics and the Department of Human Services during this investigation.

This is an ongoing investigation and more charges could be forth coming.

Saunders is at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center under a $250,000 bond for the felony contribution to the neglect of a child and a $25,000 bond for the possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and the bond set by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Bruce Strong.

If you have any information regarding this incident or any other crime, please contact the D'Iberville Police Department at (228)396-4252 or Crimestoppers at (877) 787-5898.

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