Crime & Courts

Butler County woman charged with child abuse over burns on 2-year-old in her care

Mary Ann Garrett
Mary Ann Garrett Courtesy of Butler County Jail

A 45-year-old Butler County woman has been charged with child abuse over severe burns inflicted on a 2-year-old boy in her care, officials said Wednesday.

Mary Ann Garrett recently “confessed to the fact that she had sprayed the child” with hot water as her form of potty-training discipline after the boy soiled his pants, Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said.

Garrett is being held in jail on a $150,000 bond after appearing in court in El Dorado on Wednesday on two felony charges, child abuse and interference with law enforcement, said Assistant Butler County Attorney Cheryl Pierce.

Garrett had been caring for the boy while his mother was working, and the boy’s mother had trusted Garrett, said the child’s grandmother, Leah Booth.

Garrett was an unlicensed daycare provider at a home outside El Dorado, Herzet said.

The burns apparently occurred on the evening of Oct. 27, Herzet said. Sheriff’s detectives had responded to a report that Garrett had brought the boy to an El Dorado hospital with second- and third-degree burns on 30 percent of his lower body, the sheriff said.

The boy spent about a month in a Wichita hospital burn unit and now is recovering at home but still dealing with pain and having to wear bandages around his legs, his grandmother said.

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