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Tampa mom waited hours to report scalding child, police say

TAMPA — Police arrested a woman Saturday on child abuse charges after they say she accidently poured scalding water on her child but didn't report it for hours.

Brittany Leppert, 20, of Tampa is charged with aggravated child abuse and child neglect and is being held in the Orient Road jail without bail. The condition of the child was not released.

According to an arrest report, Leppert initially told police she accidently poured hot water on her child at 6 p.m. and called 911 about 50 minutes later. Leppert later admitted to police that her child was burned earlier that morning and she did not seek medical attention because she was afraid her children would be taken away, the report said.

In jail records, Leppert is listed as working at the medical staffing company Pro-Med Healthcare Services in Brandon.

Tampa mom waited hours to report scalding child, police say 08/01/10 [Last modified: Sunday, August 1, 2010 6:15pm]

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