Lufkin police arrest mother in baby's burned hand incident

Eboni Franklin (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Eboni Franklin (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police have arrested a second person, this time the mother, in connection to a baby's severely burned hand.

Eboni Tashara Franklin, 22, of Conroe, is charged with state-jail felony endangering a child.

The arrest comes three days after the arrest of Octavius Marques Hullett, 25, of Corrigan, on the same charge.

Franklin is the mother of the six-month-old baby while Hullett lived with Franklin and Hullett's girlfriend.

According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Tuesday, a Lufkin PD detective was contacted by a special investigator with Child Protective Services on Jan. 25 about a case he was working that involved a 6-month-old baby with a severe burn on his left hand. The CPS special investigator provided the LPD detective with a copy of their report and photos of the baby's hand.

The Lufkin PD detective learned that Hulett was living with his girlfriend, when the girlfriend's female friend, Franklin, and Franklin's 6-month-old son moved in with them. The CPS special investigator told the LPD detective that the 6-month-old boy's burn was allegedly caused on Jan. 19 or Jan. 20, but Hulett and his girlfriend did not seek medical attention for the child until Jan. 24.

In recorded interviews, Hulett had put the baby boy's hand under running water without checking the water's temperature before he did so. Hulett noticed that the baby's skin was beginning t o turn white in color, and blisters started to form, the affidavit stated.

At that point, Hulett allegedly took the child to the baby's mother in the living room. The affidavit stated that Hulett and the baby's mother discussed seeking medical attention for the baby.

However, Hulett and the baby's mother decided to "home remedy" the burn, the affidavit stated. Together, they applied burn cream and gauze to the baby's hand.

About four or five days later, Hulett and the child's mother realized that the child's injury was only getting worse, and they asked family members for advice, the affidavit stated. The family members urged them to take the child to the hospital.

After the child was taken to a Lufkin emergency room, the baby was immediately taken to Hermann Memorial Hospital in Houston.

A doctor provided a case synopsis, which stated, "Given the severity of the burn and the pain that it obviously caused the child, the delay in care of at least 4 days is completely inexcusable. The burn is very suspicious for inflicted physical abuse and represents clear evidence of medical neglect."

Later, the Lufkin PD detective and an LPD corporal went to the couple's residence and measured the hot water at the bathroom sink to be 143 degrees Fahrenheit.

Franklin has posted a $3,500 bond.

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