GRAND PRAIRIE (CBSDFW.COM) – Police have arrested a North Texas woman who they say intentionally poured alcohol on her 5-year-old stepdaughter and set it on fire.
Dalia Jimenez has been charged with felony Injury to a Child.
According to police, it was on May 13 when officers responded to a report of a child that had been burned and was in need of medical treatment.
When officers arrived at the home Jimenez told them the little girl was injured during an accident while lighting a candle.
Detectives say there were inconsistencies with the 20-year-old woman’s version of events and after further questioning she ultimately said what really happened. They say Jimenez confessed that she intentionally poured rubbing alcohol on the child’s face and used a lighter to set the alcohol on fire.
“It was about an hour long conversation, but ultimately at the end of that conversation she did confess to me that she had intentionally burned the 5-year-old for yelling previously in the home,” said Detective Greg Parker. “The burns extended on both sides of her cheeks and just a little bit down to below her jawline, small burns on her shoulder as well.”
During a press conference Friday, Det. Parker said the child’s burns were left untreated for two days.
Police said the child’s father was not at home when the incident happened and he is not considered a suspect.
The 5-year-old and a younger sibling were removed from the home by Child Protective Services and are said to both be “safe with family.”
Jimenez was released from the Grand Prairie detention facility after posting $20,000 bond.