Police responded to a report of a child who had been burned inside a home in Glen Rose, Texas, and arrested Tasha Shontell Hatcher after witnesses told deputies that she put her two-year-old child in an oven.
Hatcher, 35, was charged with injury to a child with serious bodily injury - a first-degree felony - and arraigned over the March 17 incident with a bond set at USD 300,000, according to the Glen Rose Reporter.
Witnesses reported she had placed her child in the family's oven. Somervell County Sheriff's Department confirmed that the child was taken by ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth and then transported via air ambulance to Parkland Burn Center in Dallas.
Officials said the child has since been taken from the family's custody and is being treated for second and third degree burns. A former co-worker of Hatcher's said the child is believed to be in stable condition.
The incident comes after another shocking incident in the US state of Ohio in which a four-year-old boy died after his stepmother allegedly put his legs in scalding hot water as punishment.
Anna Ritchie, 25, put her stepson Austin Derreck Cooper's legs in very hot water in a bathtub before sending him to bed at their home in Franklin, Ohio. Ritchie was charged with child endangering.