Foster Mother Allegedly Put Bleach-Soaked Diaper on Baby
Patrica Ann Moore, 68, faces felony charges of willful cruelty to a child and infliction of injury on a child for allegedly burning her foster toddler's bottom with a bleach-soaked diaper.
A woman who allegedly soaked a diaper in bleach and made her 20-month-old foster daughter wear it, producing first-degree and second-degree burns, faces child abuse charges.
Patricia Ann Moore was arrested by SSFPD Aug. 19, 2010, after medical staff at a Kaiser hospital noticed the 20-month-old had waffle-shaped burns on her bottom, court papers indicate.
Moore told personnel that the child had a "defecation problem," so she bathed the toddler in 12 inches of water and a half-capful of bleach, court records state.
The suspect told authorities that when she noticed redness the following day, she brought the child to the hospital.
However, according to court documents, doctors noticed that the burns were in a waffle pattern typical of a diaper fabric and that there were no burns anywhere but her bottom.
They called police, who upon investigation found in the woman's trash a diaper soaked in bleach on the bottom, papers state.
Moore was indicted by a Grand Jury and on Friday, her defense attorney unsuccessfully argued a motion to dismiss the indictment, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Trial was set for April 22; a pretrial conference was set for March 18.
She is charged with felony willful cruelty to a child and infliction of injury on a child.
The defendant last October posted bond for $50,000 bail.