Jennifer Nicole Posey Sun City Center, Florida caregiver arrested burning 10 year old child with hot pot as form of discipline.
Jennifer Nicole Posey, 29, admitted burning a 10-year-old to ‘teach the child a lesson’ on June 26 while caring for the youngster and two other kids, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Posey, of Sun City Center, made the victim instant ramen soup on a stovetop before the 10-year-old pretended to spill the hot broth on one of the other children, deputies said according to ABC Action News.
‘In an attempt to teach the child a lesson, Posey took a hot pot, which had been used to heat the ramen approximately two minutes prior, and pressed it against the victim’s arm,’ sheriff officials said in a statement.
The child was left with a burn roughly four inches long. Posey, who was arrested Tuesday for aggravated child abuse, confessed to detectives administering the punishment. The victim was not hospitalized and was treated with at-home remedies.
‘Inflicting unnecessary pain on helpless child’
‘Children will be children, but an adult should know better than to use such great physical punishment to try to correct their bad behavior,’ Sheriff Chad Chronister said. ‘This suspect’s actions were intentional, unacceptable and she will now face the consequences for inflicting unnecessary pain on a helpless child.’
Authorities said she had been a caregiver for around five years to the child, whose name was not released under Florida’s Marsy’s Law.
Posey remained held on $30,000 bond early Wednesday in Hillsborough County.