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Deputies: Tallahassee woman burned child with hot bowl to "teach her a lesson"

Glennisha Washington arrested for aggravated child abuse
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Posted at 9:39 AM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2019-03-26 12:34:23-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A woman wanted on aggravated child abuse charges for using a bowl of hot brownies to burn a 7-year-old child has turned herself in after evading arrest for more than a year.

Glennisha Washington, 30, turned herself into jail on a charge of aggravated child abuse by malicious punishment.

According to court documents, the then 7-year-old victim, who lived in Michigan, had been vacationing with a relative in Tallahassee from July 7, 2017 through Aug. 9, 2017, when the incident occurred. Court documents say the victim suffered a two-inch diameter second-degree burn when Washington "unlawfully" and "maliciously" punished the child by placing a heated dinnerware bowl on her leg.

On Oct. 3, 2017, a police officer in Michigan contacted the victim's mother while the victim was at school. The mother said her child first told her the burn resulted from a fall, a story the mother thought was strange because the injury was so high on her leg.

The mother told the officer that a family member later called her and informed her that the 7-year-old child was burned by Washington while vacationing in Florida. According to court documents, Washington later admitted to the mother that she burned the victim to "teach her a lesson" because she believed the child had burned one of her three children in a similar manner.

Interviews with witnesses revealed that the incident started when Washington was using the microwave to warm up a brownie for the 7-year-old. At some point however, Washington got angry with the victim because she believed the victim burned her baby. From there, witnesses said Washington took the hot bowl out from the microwave and placed on the child's thigh, pushing it down to cause a burn.

The victim told investigators that she cried as a result of the incident and noted that Washington laughed at her and asked her how she liked it.

"After receiving the images from Michigan Children's Protection Services and reviewing them, you can see that something round and very hot was placed on her leg just above her knee, causing a burn, possibly second degree," a LCSO detective wrote in a probable cause document.

Based on the evidence, a warrant was issued for Washington's arrest on Feb. 9, 2018. Washington turned herself into the Leon County Detention Facility on Monday, more than a year after the warrant was issued for her arrest

Washington has since gotten out of jail on a $1,000 bond.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Leon County Sheriff's Office is searching for a woman accused of using a bowl of hot brownies to burn a 7-year-old child.

Glennisha Washington, 29, is being sought by the Leon County Sheriff's Office. They published a wanted poster of her on Facebook Wednesday morning.

She is wanted for charges of cruelty towards a child and aggravated battery.

The child victim, who lives in Michigan, had been vacationing with a relative in Tallahassee from July 7, 2017 through Aug. 9, 2017, when the incident occurred, according to a probable cause document.

Court documents said the victim suffered a two-inch diameter second-degree burn when Washington "unlawfully" and "maliciously" punished the child by placing a heated dinnerware bowl on her leg.

On Oct. 3, 2017, a police officer in Michigan contacted the victim's mother while the victim was at school.

The mother said she had expected a visit from the officer because she allowed the child to wear shorts to school, and she thought school officials most likely noted the injury and questioned her daughter about it.

The mother said her child first told her the burn resulted from a fall, a story the mother thought was strange because the injury was so high on her leg.

A family member later called the mother and informed her that her child was burned by Washington while in Florida.

Washington later admitted to the mother that she burned the victim to teach her a lesson because she believed the child had burned one of her three children in a similar manner. 

Interviews with witnesses revealed that Washington was using the microwave to warm up a brownie for the child. At some point however, Washington got angry with the child because she believed the child burned her baby.

From there, witnesses said Washington took the bowl out from the microwave and placed on the child's thigh, pushing it down to cause a burn. 

After some back and forth conversations, Washington cut off contact with the child's mother.

The mother said she did not report her child's injury to the Michigan Children's Protective Services because she thought the agency would not help her with a situation that had occurred in Florida.

Based on the evidence, a warrant was issued for Washington's arrest on Feb. 9. Deputies have been unable to locate her so far. 

If you have any information please call the Leon County Sheriff's Office at 606-3300 or 574-TIPS.