Toddler burned Davonta Ford Monique Smith arrested Nobles Avenue - | WBTV Charlotte

Warrant: Toddler "forcibly submerged" into scalding water; mom, stepdad charged

Monique Smith , 21, charged with child abuse. (Photo source: Mecklenburg County Jail) Monique Smith , 21, charged with child abuse. (Photo source: Mecklenburg County Jail)
Davont'a Ford , 22, charged with child abuse. (Photo source: Mecklenburg County Jail) Davont'a Ford , 22, charged with child abuse. (Photo source: Mecklenburg County Jail)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Investigators in Charlotte say two people have been charged with child abuse after a two-year-old was found with critical burns to his face and a broken arm.

According to a search warrant issued on Thursday, emergency crews were called to an apartment along the 3100-block of Nobles Avenue on Saturday, June 22.

When Medic personnel arrived at the apartment, they reportedly found a two-year-old boy with a "life-threatening burn to the face," the warrant states. The toddler, who also had a fractured right arm, was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in Winston-Salem, to be treated for his injuries.

The warrant also states that the little boy had a "pattern of what appeared to be small crisscross marks on his legs and back."

According to the warrant, 21-year-old Monique Smith claimed that she had thrown hot cooking grease in the little boy's face. She also admitted that she had broken his arm, according to the warrant, and told investigators that the pattern on his body was from the belt that she used to discipline the little boy.

Last Tuesday, 22-year-old Davont'a Ford - the boy's step-father - told detectives that he used a belt to discipline his children. He also reportedly told investigators that after the little boy's face was burned, he used a blue bath towel to wipe the boy's face.

Ford was arrested and charged with intentional child abuse and drug related charges.  He's being held on a $30,500 bond.

According to the warrant, officials with the Department of Social Services (DSS) went to the hospital to talk to the little boy's doctor.

The doctor told officials that she didn't believe the burns came from hot cooking grease. From the evidence she had seen, she believed the little boy was "forcibly submerged into scalding liquid for a period of time," the warrant states.

She told officials that a mark on the toddler also appeared to be from an iron, but Smith denied owning an iron.

Smith was charged with two counts of intentional child abuse and two counts of child abuse. She's being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail under a $14,000 bond.

Copyright 2013 WBTV. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT: Heavy rain expected in the beginning of the week

    FIRST ALERT: Heavy rain expected in the beginning of the week

    Sunday, April 22 2018 9:56 AM EDT2018-04-22 13:56:01 GMT

    We are getting a clearer picture now on the timing and arrival of rain for our First Alert Days Monday and Tuesday. We want to emphasize there is no severe weather threat this week, but just don't want anybody to get caught off guard by the heavy rain after such a beautiful weekend.  

    More >>

    We are getting a clearer picture now on the timing and arrival of rain for our First Alert Days Monday and Tuesday. We want to emphasize there is no severe weather threat this week, but just don't want anybody to get caught off guard by the heavy rain after such a beautiful weekend.  

    More >>
  • Man charged with sex crimes involving children

    Man charged with sex crimes involving children

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:05 AM EDT2018-04-22 12:05:35 GMT
    (Rowan Sheriff's Office)(Rowan Sheriff's Office)
    (Rowan Sheriff's Office)(Rowan Sheriff's Office)

    A man with a criminal record in Rowan County is now facing new charges. Diamante Denolan Crawford, 22, is charged with taking indecent liberties with a child and statutory rape. 

    More >>

    A man with a criminal record in Rowan County is now facing new charges. Diamante Denolan Crawford, 22, is charged with taking indecent liberties with a child and statutory rape. 

    More >>
  • Band's money stolen, but not their dreams

    Band's money stolen, but not their dreams

    Sunday, April 22 2018 7:56 AM EDT2018-04-22 11:56:50 GMT
    (Source: Amy Mitchell)(Source: Amy Mitchell)

    In February, it seemed like the West Rowan Middle School band's dream of playing in a competition in Williamsburg had been stolen, just like $1000's allegedly taken by the band boosters former treasurer. 

    More >>

    In February, it seemed like the West Rowan Middle School band's dream of playing in a competition in Williamsburg had been stolen, just like $1000's allegedly taken by the band boosters former treasurer. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly