Huntsville foster mother indicted on charges she beat, burned foster kids


By Crystal Bonvillian | cbonvillian@al.com 
A Huntsville woman was indicted this month on charges that she physically abused two of her foster children, one of whom she allegedly immersed in scalding water.
 Meghan Hargress (Madison County jail)
Meghan Hargress, 29, of Huntsville faces three charges of child abuse. The indictment shows that two of the charges involve one child and the third charge involves a second victim.
Hargress was arrested in October 2013. At that time, she was foster mother to three children, two girls and a boy.
One of the girls was scalded with hot water, according to police. A second charge of abuse was levied because Hargress did not seek medical treatment for the girl's burns.
The third charge stems from Hargress beating one of the other children, the indictment shows.

Child abuse is a Class C felony punishable by between one and 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.