Woman facing assault charge after allegedly burning child for ‘being bad’

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, at 8:41 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 27, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.

STRATTON, Maine — A local woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly burning her 4-year-old daughter as punishment, police said.

Jessica Laplante, 39, is facing a charge of Class C assault and is being held without bail at the Franklin County Jail, according to Sheriff Scott Nichols.

Police learned of the alleged incident when Detective Ken Charles received a referral from the Department of Health of Human Services regarding alleged child abuse, Nichols said.

The girl’s father, who is divorced from Laplante, had brought the child to a doctor with what appeared to be burns on her legs, the sheriff said.

“The child had disclosed to him that her mother had burned her because she was ‘being bad,’” Nichols said.

A doctor verified that the wounds on the child were consistent with burn marks. Police learned that Laplante had allegedly burned the child with an electric wood-burning engraver tool, Nichols said.

Additional charges are possible once the case is reviewed by the District Attorney’s office.