Hixson woman charged after child suffers burn
A Hixson woman is behind bars after a child under her care was taken to an area hospital with a large burn.
Tihonie Berry Barnett, 22, was charged with aggravated child abuse and two charges of aggravated domestic assault.
The child “had a large burn on the back of her right arm, which was severe enough to cause the flesh to peel off,” the arrest affidavit explained.
The officer described said the burn resembled the shape of a clothes iron.
There was another burn on the child’s body that’s a horizontal line.
The officer said medical staff explained that the injury was a second-degree thermal burn that had occurred within the last 24 hours.
Police went to the home where it is believed the incident happened and took Barnett in for questioning.
She agreed to speak with the officer. Barnett told the officer that she noticed the child was injured when she got her out of the bathtub, but she did not think it was a big deal. The officer said Barnett did “freak out” and sent photos of the injuries to others.
Barnett insisted that her child wasn’t hurt and she didn’t see anything until the child got out of the tub. She also said there weren’t any hot objects in the home, and she didn’t know how the child could have been hurt.
She also told officers she was the only person watching the child during the time of her arriving at home and getting the child out of the bath.
The officer said there is no way the injury was accidental.
Barnett was arrested and taken to the Hamilton County jail. Her bond is set at $80,000.