Stock Island - A 32 year old woman was arrested Wednesday, charged with throwing boiling water on a 14 year old girl.
Detectives say no one seems to know why Nadeige Pluviose threw the boiling water on the victim in the early morning hours, about 6 a.m. Wednesday. Pluviose herself refused to make a statement about the incident. The victim suffered second and third degree burns on her face, neck and shoulder.
A witness told Detective Manuel Cuervo he heard the victim screaming and saw Pluviose running from the room where the victim had been sleeping, carrying a plastic cup. He said he checked the kitchen and found the stove still hot. The victim was treated with home remedies until someone reported the incident to the Child Abuse Hotline. Once detectives responded at 1 p.m. Wednesday, she was transported for professional treatment at Lower Keys Hospital.
Pluviose was booked into the Monroe County Detention Center on charges of aggravated child abuse – a first degree felony crime.
From the Florida Department of Children and Families website:
Florida law requires any individual who suspects that a child has been abused by any person to report that to the Florida Abuse Hotline.
Penalties for those who suspect a child is being abused but fail to report it have been increased from a misdemeanor to a felony. Financial penalties also have increased.