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NC woman accused of pouring hot water on child

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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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