Second- and third-degree burns on a 1-year-old child have resulted in the arrest of the mother, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office said.
Sheriff’s investigators responded to the emergency room at East Georgia Regional Medical Center on Sunday on the report of an injured child. Upon arrival, investigators photographed burns on the buttocks of the infant and opened a criminal case, Sheriff Lynn Anderson said in a news release issued Thursday evening.
Victoria Grace Eason, the mother, indicated in interviews with investigators that she had delayed seeking treatment for the child’s injuries for several days, Anderson said.
The investigation into how the infant was burned continues, but Eason was charged with second-degree cruelty to children for failing to act immediately after the child was injured, which caused the child to suffer excessive pain for several days, the sheriff said.
Eason is housed at the Bulloch County Jail pending further judicial action.
In a separate case, sheriff’s investigators were notified Sunday of a child who was molested at a home in the 2000 block of Cody Lane in Statesboro between July and October, Anderson said.
The 9-year-old girl was interviewed, and investigators determined that the offender, Robert Jonathan Hart, is incarcerated in Effingham County on unrelated child molestation charges, the sheriff said.
Warrants were issued charging Hart with aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy in connection with the Bulloch County incident.
Hart was charged by the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office in 2005 with child molestation and in 2007 with failure to register as a sex offender. He was sentenced on both charges and paroled from the Georgia Department of Corrections in 2011.
Anyone with information on either case is asked to contact sheriff’s Investigator Bill Black at (912) 764-1765 or submit an anonymous tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.