Infant Severely Burned By Her Mother
An unthinkable case of child abuse plays out in a south Laredo home. Tonight a mother is behind bars for essentially boiling her baby in a sink with scalding water.
Police call in an extreme case of child abuse. The woman who says she was just trying to give her baby a bath, kept the scalded child with second degree burns home crying in pain almost a full day.. Before the woman's mother saw the baby and called for help.
According to police, a water heater that is poorly hooked up outside this south Laredo home may be to blame for the scalding water and the extreme burns to a one year old girl.
But investigators say that doesn't explain why 20 year old Marielia Capetillo sat her 22 month old baby in a sink full of boiling water without first checking how hot it was.
What's worse instead of taking the baby girl to a hospital immediately, Capetillo went about her night as usual, all the time the baby in pain and crying.
The next morning the mother even took her older son to school before police say the woman's mother rushed the child to a nearby fire station to be checked out.
Seeing the severity of the burns, paramedics immediately rushed the baby to the hospital.
This is the fire station where the 22 month old was brought after being burned badly by her mother.
We tried to speak to someone at the home where the baby was burned, but according to the man who was home he said he didn't want to say anything until his wife got home.
"No just wait for my wife to come back. I don't know anything."
According to police, the baby was air lifted to a San Antonio hospital due to the severity of her injuries. They don't understand why Capetillo waited so long to get the baby medical treatment.
“The child had extreme large patches of skin that had begun to blister and bubble up and begin to pop so not only was it painful for the child severe infection was also imminent in this case.”