Police in Maryland were called to a Bladensburg hospital on Saturday after hospital staff reported a 6-month-old baby with severe burns, blisters and swelling on her feet, allegedly caused by her baby-sitter, 36-year-old Ismelda Ramos-Mendoza.
The burns were noticed by the child’s mother, who asked Ramos-Mendoza what occurred. According to the Washington Post Ramos-Mendoza initially suggested the burns were accidental, telling authorities that the baby’s feet “may have rubbed across a tortilla.”
Detective Cpl. Charles Earle told reporters that the babysitter repeated this explanation several times before admitting that she deliberately burned the child’s feet on the pan she was cooking tortillas on because the “baby was crying too much.”
The sitter had worked in the community for about two years, and investigators are looking to see if she had perhaps abused other children under her care. Detective Earle said, “My concern is that she portrayed this as an accident” and that the injuries the baby sustained were disturbing. “Other seasoned police officers and investigators that have seen the pictures say it’s heart-wrenching,” he explained.