Livingston PD: Woman who hit child with spatula arrested on 2nd injury to a child

Shannon Burch (Source: Polk County Jail)
Shannon Burch (Source: Polk County Jail)

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - Livingston Police officers arrested a 34-year-old woman on a second injury to a child charge Monday in connection to an Easter Sunday incident in which she allegedly hit her 14-year-old child with a spatula hard enough to leave bruises.

Shannon Leigh Burch, of Livingston, is still being held in the Polk County Jail on a third-degree felony charge of injury to a child, elderly, or disabled. Her bail was set at $15,000.

"This is a continuation of an ongoing injury to a child investigation," Lt. Matt Parrish, a spokesman for the Livingston Police Department, said.

Burch was picked up at her home after the Livingston Police Department sought and obtained a second arrest warrant for her based on evidence and what LPD detectives learned during forensic interviews with Burch's other child, a 10-year-old.

A previous East Texas News story, officers with the Livingston Police Department responded to an injury of a child call at 4:44 p.m. on March 31. The two victims told police officers that they mother had started drinking earlier in the day and got upset at them.

At that point, Burch allegedly started hitting her 14-year-old in the head, arms, and legs with a kitchen spatula. Parrish said she also beat her 10-year-old with her hands had enough to cause bruising.

Child Protective Services was contacted. The two children were released into the custody of another relative, Parrish said.

Burch was arrested in her first injury to a child charge on March 31. She posted a bail of $15,000 and was released on April 2.

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