Woman Charged With Child Cruelty After Boy Scalded

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/14 2014 02:24PM

Updated 03/14 2014 06:17PM

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. - According to the Caledonian Record, a woman is being charged with cruelty to a child after a 6-year-old boy in her care suffered scalding burns to 10% of his body.

Amy Putvain, 31, of St. Johnsbury, Vt., pleaded not guilty to the charge on Monday. The court ordered Putvain to not abuse, harass, or be left alone with the victim. 

The St. Johnsbury Police Department says that Putvain was washing the victim's hair in a bathtub back in December when the child was scalded by hot water on his face and chest. 

The boy's father took him to the hospital. The Caledonian Record reports that the boy was later transferred to Shriners Burn Hospital in Boston with second degree burns.

Putvain told police that she had been shampooing the boy and when she left the room, he turned the faucet on too hot.

According to a report by the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families, doctors became suspicious of Putvin's story because of the lack of "splash marks" on the boy.

If convicted on the child cruelty charge Putvain faces a possible sentence of up to two years in prison and a $500 fine.

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