Disturbing Child Abuse Case

Disturbing Child Abuse Case
By: CJ Cassidy

Cape Girardeau, MO -I

nvestigators in
C
ape
G
irardeau take on a disturbing case involving the abuse of an eight month old baby.

T
he child's mother now sits in jail facing felony abuse charges.

A
woman who knows the baby's mother, spotted bruises on the child and called police.

N
ow, investigators say there's no telling what might have happened if
L
a
S
honda
D
aniel hadn't stepped up.

"I
don't know how anyone can sit there and burn a baby with some curling irons
," Daniel says.

But her
disbelief didn't stop her from calling police.

D
aniel noticed something very wrong with her friend's baby girl when she stopped by to check on her.

"S
he had one blister in her head one blister in bottom of her foot blisters all over her leg front and back ones on back of her leg so bad
,
that the word
C
onair off the curling iron was imprinted on her legs
in two spots," she recalls.

D
aniel says the baby's mother
,
25
-
year
-
old
A
my
S
iebert
,
left her child with a 17 year old while she travelled out of state.

W
hen police showed up
,
the
s
itter allegedly admitted to burning the baby's forehead by accident when she tried curling her hair.

B
ut here's what's shockin
g:
the teen then told investigators she saw
S
iebert burn the child with the curling iron to stop her crying.

S
he also claims
S
iebert handed her a tube of make-up to cover-up the burns.

P
olice say
S
iebert denies hurting her child.

"I
t was determined those burns were caused and were inappropriate in nature
, and
were caused for discipline
," Sgt. Barry Hovis with the Cape Girardeau Police Department says.

"I
t's a power and control issue
," T
ammy
G
waltney with the
S
outheast
M
issouri
N
etwork
A
gainst
S
exual
V
iolence
points out.

She

says
D
aniel did exactly what she should have.

"I
f anyone suspects
that
a child's being abused or neglected it's imperative that they get involved timeliness is essential in these cases
," she says.

"T
he baby was disabled knew she couldn't fend for herself by me being close to her it could have kept going on led up to death or anything
," Daniel says.

T
he baby has been treated and released from a hospital
,
and is in protective custody.

A
my
S
iebert is being held on
$7,500
bond at the
C
ape
C
ounty
J
ail.

I
ncidentally this is
N
ational
C
hild
A
buse
P
revention month
,
and police want to remind you
,
if you suspect anyone of abusing or neglecting a child to please call them immediately.

Y
ou can even stay anonymous
, just as long as you make that call.