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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Mecklenburg County mother is charged for allegedly scalding a young child with hot liquid.

Police searched the woman s apartment in the 3100 block of Nobles Avenue on June 22 after burns were reported on the 2-year-old child s face.

Police describe the boy s burns as life-threatening. He was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical center for the wounds, as well as a fractured right arm. Police say he also had a small crisscross pattern across his legs and back.

Investigators say the toddler s mother, Monique Smith, admitted to throwing hot cooking grease on his face and breaking his arm. She said the marks on the rest of his body came from a belt she used to discipline him, according to police. She s charged with felony child abuse.

After a few days of treatment, the boy s doctor reportedly told police the burns did not appear to come from throwing liquid on his face. Rather, she believes the boy was submerged in scalding liquid for a period of time, police say. The doctor also told officers the boy appeared to have burn marks from an iron on his body, according to the police report.

The boy s stepfather, Davont a Ford, also faces child abuse charges for using belts for discipline.

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