NC woman accused of pouring hot water on child

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Submitted: Wed, 10/31/2012 - 2:06am
Updated: Wed, 10/31/2012 - 12:20pm

JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) – Authorities in Jacksonville accuse of woman of pouring scalding hot water on her 9-month-old daughter.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says 33-year-old Michelle Julia Woodhouse-Deboyes of Jacksonville is charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury and mental emotional injury.

A statement from the sheriff’s office said Woodhouse-Deboyes was angered by the baby’s crying. Investigators say she filled a coffee mug with boiling water and poured it on the infant, then turned the baby over and held her in the hot water puddled on the floor,

The baby is being treated at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill for second-degree burns over 12 percent of her body.

Authorities say Woodhouse-Deboyes has been released on a $200,000 unsecured bond. It’s not known if she has an attorney.

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  • WilmingtonMAJ says:

    Who hasn’t wanted to slap a crying infant? I know every time i’m eating in a nice restaurant and someones child starts crying I would love to hand it a benadryl laced lollipop. How anyone with children deals with it is beyond me, but then thankfully I don’t have nor want children.

  • Guest2020 says:

    People like her deserve the death penalty.

  • Blessed_34 says:

    I hope you never have kids because you are a sick person and you would be a horrible parent! I despise people like you! remember you where one of those crying infants at one time and for you to make a comment like that you where probably slapped around and that why you now have BRAIN DAMAGE! IDIOT

  • J says:

    Can we get on update on the baby’s condition? And who will be caring for this child once she is released?

  • a friend of them says:

    The baby is fine. She was in the hospital for a long time. But she is with her grandparents. The husband was working at the time of the incident. I’m a good friend of the husband and used to work with him. I knew the wife (no longer a friend after what she did) from a few years before. Michelle is still in jail and sentencing is this month. I hope she stays in there for a long long time. The husband has filed for divorce.

  • Twinsmommy01 says:

    Omg i cant believe this. I was in the hospital with her. our babies were in the nicu together. I had twin boys an they were 8 weeks early an spent 22 days on the hospital. an Michelle had the Bhutan full term but the baby had the health issues. but my heart goes out to that little baby. They dint need to let her out of jail. point blank.

  • guesty says:

    Sorry I wasn’t clear, the .45 would be for the one that gave birth, not the child.

  • guesty says:

    Correct, the .45 would be for the one that gave birth to the child. I can’t call her a mother.

  • Guest5150 says:

    Oh o.k. sorry I’m with you now

  • taxpayer says:

    the .45 round was meant for the mother…not the baby.

  • guesty says:

    She was angered by the baby crying and figured some boiling water would quiet her down?

    A .45 round is a cheap solution.

  • Guest5150 says:

    Seriously man???? Who makes a comment like that referring to a baby?

  • topsail girl says:

    $200,000 unsecured bond and she was released?? She shoud be UNDER the jail till proven innocent or guilty…

  • anne says:

    Just waiting for the family to come to her defense – “she didn’t know what she was doing”, “she was abused as a child”.

    No excuse will suffice for burning that baby and if the family has any sense at all, they will make sure she pays for it.

    She would not be allowed around my pet yet alone around a child. Sure hope that the child is given to a family that will love it and take care of it.

  • Guest6858 says:

    The perfect arguement for sterilization.

  • SherryMOwings says:

    I know 2 wrongs don;t make a right, but sometimes I think and Eye for and eye is just what is called for. Someone needs to hold Crazy Lady down in a tub of boiling water and see how she likes it. Then take her to a burn center for treatment. Come on! She was mad because her baby was crying! Due to lack of care I would suspect. The female needs to be locked up and never put around a child again. I hope tha child has family that is not crazy…poorp little kid.

  • Speachless says:

    I have to wonder if this is the first abuse this poor child has suffered? I don’t think you start out abusing a child this harshly? She needs to loose the baby and let someone else raise the child.

  • liberdee says:

    This is one of the most disturbing stories. I hope she doesn’t have any other children! Bury her under the jail house, but not before you drop her in a vat of boiling water!

  • regyuolarguy says:

    I think I love her.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    that certainly sends a message and offers no deterent for future actions.

    Get her a pshyciatric evaluation.

    Put her to work cleaning big cat cages at the Carolina Beach Road facility.

    Put her in a bubbling cauldron of oil.

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