Charges against a South Florida mother were upgraded on Monday after her 1-year-old son died after she allegedly refused to get him treatment after he suffered severe burns. Christina Hurt, 35, has now been charged with second-degree murder in addition to aggravated child abuse, according to Local 10 News. The State Attorney’s Office announced they have plans to further upgrade the death to first-degree murder.
According to an arrest report, Hurt said her 10-year-old daughter tried to give the baby, Ethan Coley, a bath. His 4-year-old brother filled the tub with hot water, according to Hurt’s comments in the police report.
Coley suffered severe burns all over his body. According to the Miami Herald, Hurt didn’t call 911 or drive her son to the hospital. Instead, she allegedly just consulted Google. She rubbed aloe on the burns, gave Coley Tylenol, and texted images of his injuries to friends, asking for help.
The next morning, Hurt took Coley to a friend, Dixie Rogers. Rogers doesn’t believe that Coley’s death was an accident and says that his mother belongs in prison.
“This child’s life was not important enough for her to seek help,” prosecutor Eileen Keeley told the judge on Monday, as Hurt's charges were upgraded from manslaughter to second-degree murder.
It is believed that Hurt didn’t call 911 out of fear of losing custody of her kids. According to Local 10 News, Hurt has been investigated by the Florida Department of Children and Families in the past. Hurt was arrested in 2014 after her then 3-year-old daughter suffered a gash on her head. Stemming from that incident, Hurt lost custody of her children for two years.
“There is zero evidence that this child’s burns were caused at the hands of Ms. Hurt,” Hurt’s attorney Damaris del Valle told the judge, according to the Miami Herald.