Rhea County woman accused of burning granddaughter's feet

Cheryl Sanders
August 22, 2019

Jennifer Vaughn, 53, was arrested and charged with felony aggravated child abuse, after the August 11 incident in Rhea County, Tennessee, when she was watching Kaylee, 2.

The toddler's mother, Brittany Smith, sold ABC2 news that Vaughn was looking after the child when she called her in a panic, saying that Kaylee had been burned.

- A Tennessee woman was arrested Monday for allegedly pouring scalding water on a 2-year-old girl's feet because she said she was having "a bad day", according to the family and officials.

The toddler was rushed to hospital, then to a specialist unit where doctors are battling to save her feet from amputation.


It wasn't immediately clear whether Vaughn has an attorney.

"When I saw them [the burn pictures] it was just, it was the worst scald burns I'd ever seen", he told local television station WTVC.

When Smith arrived she found her daughter screaming in agony.

The crowdfunding page said the girl's parents have lost work and are struggling with "huge medical expenses" for their daughter's treatment. She is being held on a $150,000 bond, according to an online court record.


In Tennessee, Haley's Law makes it a Class A felony to cause or contribute to the abuse of a child under 9 years-old that results in injury. "Kaylee is in a lot of pain", she told the news outlet, adding that next week, doctors will attempt to use some skin from Kaylee's thigh to try and fix her feet.

"It's not right", she said.

She added that her daughter is "at high risk of infection" and could end up losing her feet.

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