Foster mother accused of scalding baby with hot chocolate

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ/AP) – A Mount Sterling woman is accused of pouring a scalding drink on her 10-month-old foster child, causing severe burns, according to Winchester Police.

Investigators say officers were called about a possible child abuse case at the McDonald’s at Shoppers Village Plaza on Saturday around 1:00 p.m.

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According to an arrest citation, the initial report was 33-year-old Ashley Neal had fallen inside the fast food restaurant, causing her to spill hot chocolate on the child’s head and face.

But after watching security camera video from inside the restaurant, police say Neal could be seen walking with a baby carrier against her chest and intentionally pouring the liquid on the child with her right hand. She then appeared to seemingly stage a fall before bracing herself, according to investigators.

Officers say the hot chocolate was around 150-degrees and caused extreme burns to the baby’s face.



The baby was listed in serious condition at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, according to published reports.

The arrest citation says the foster father had his back turned and did not see the incident.

According to police, when interviewed, Neal told investigators she couldn’t remember what happened at the McDonald’s.

She bonded out of jail on a $2,500 cash bond on the day of her arrest, according to the Clark County Detention Center in Winchester.

Police say Neal was caring for two other foster children and her two biological children. All have been removed from her care, according to authorities.