A 4-year-old girl severely injured after a pot of boiling water fell on her died after not getting immediate medical care, resulting her stepmother's arrest.
Juana Marquez, 42, of Corsicana, Texas was arrested on Saturday allegedly failing to notify authorities of an emergency situation. Marquez waited 12 hours to call 911, authorities say.
The child, Amberly Quiroz, had become unresponsive after suffering burns to her face, chest, arms and other parts of her body, according to WFAA of Dallas, Texas.
Marquez told officers that she was not in the room when the accident occurred and that she treated the child herself before seeking the help of medical professionals. She used Noxzema in the hopes of assuaging the child's pain before putting her to bed. She allegedly didn't check on the girl throughout the night.
According to authorities, Marquez said her reasoning for not seeking immediate help was that she had three other children under the age of 6 at the home at the time, adding that her husband was out of state for work. When first responders arrived at the scene at approximately 8:50 a.m., they immediately pronounced the child dead.
"Juana failed to provide any assistance to Amberly, including medical assistance or even attempting to call for assistance," the arrest affidavit says.
The Navarro County Medical Examiner's Office concluded that the girl had died from injuries sustained from the boiling water.
Marquez is being held at the Navarro County Justice Center in lieu of $50,000 bail. She has been charged with endangering a child, according to the Associated Press.
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