CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Crockett Police Department arrested the parents of a 3-year-old girl Thursday night in connection to allegations that child's legs were burned with a hot iron on several occasions, and the couple didn't seek medical care for the injuries until days later.
Steven Sandles, 35, was arrested and charged with felony injury to a child, and Shonte Tryon, 26, was arrested and charged with felony child endangerment.
According to the arrest affidavit, a detective with the Crockett Police Department was notified by Child Protective Services on Jan. 11 that a 3-year-old girl was taken to the doctor for severe burns on the backs of her legs.
The CPS report stated that Tryon said the 3-year-old girl was with Sandles when she ran around the bed and tripped over a hot iron that was lying on the floor. Tryon told the CPS investigator that the girl fell on the hot iron and that caused the burns on her legs.
Later, the CPD detective and a CPS worker followed up with the child and her parents about the report. Tryon told the authorities that she was when the injuries occurred, the affidavit stated. Sandles told them the same story that had been told to the doctor.
However, when the detective looked at the patterns of the burns on the girl's legs, he noticed that they seemed to have happened at different times and at different angles, the affidavit stated.
"The iron would not have left multiple burns in random places on her legs if she had only tripped over the iron," the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, the alleged accident occurred on Jan. 7, but the child's parents waited until three days later to take their daughter to a doctor. The doctor told the detective that the child suffered second-degree burns that were blistering by the time he saw the child.