She alleged that she left the bathroom with the water still running and the baby in the bathtub to tend to her oldest child.
A Lake Ozark mom was charged after her six-month-old was found with burns from her head to her waist.
Elizabeth Austin, 24, of Lake Ozark, was charged with a Class B felony of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree, a Class D felony of endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk in the first degree and a Class D felony of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid.
According to the probable cause statement, an officer of the Miller County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a six-month-old with burns on her.
The officer noticed severe burns, peeling and blistering on the child going from the waist to the baby’s head. Austin, the mother, told the officer that she put the six-month-old in the bathtub and started the water for the bath. She alleged that she left the bathroom with the water still running and the baby in the bathtub to tend to her oldest child. Her 4-year-old, the oldest child, reportedly was walking around with a knife and Austin was trying to get the knife from the child. Austin told officers that the two-year-old was in the bathroom with the baby while she was trying to take the knife away from the other child. According to the probable cause statement, Austin told police that “the two-year-old pushed the baby’s tub underneath the running water and turned the water faucet all the way to hot.” Austin allegedly heard the baby scream and walked into the bathroom where she found the baby underneath the water. Austin picked up the baby from the tub with a towel and noticed the baby’s skin was red. She alleged that she did not see the baby’s skin peeling until after she put a diaper on the baby and made a bottle for her. When she noticed the skin peeling, she called a previous foster mother for the child and then called 911.
Officers searched the residence on two different occasions and found methamphetamine during the first search. Officers found a large digitial scale during the second search of the residence. Kid’s Harbor and DFS were involved. Officers “found grounds to remove the children from Austin’s custody based off of the emergency situation,” according to the probable cause statement.
A helicopter took the baby to the University of Kansas Health System. Hospital personnel estimated that the child had burns on 33% of her body and put her on a ventilator. Hospital staff also disclosed the child tested positive for amphetamines.
Her bond is $100,000. Austin reportedly has a criminal background of possessing illegal narcotics in Missouri.