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Westlake woman indicted on cruelty charge in child-burned case


LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana — A 32-year-old Westlake woman has been indicted after a 2-year-old boy suffered severe burns last October.

KPLC-TV reports ( ) Melynnie Shannone Dade-Fondel was indicted Thursday on a charge of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's spokeswoman Kim Myers says Dade-Fondel told investigators the alleged incident happened as she was running water for the child's bath and the toddler crawled into the tub as she stepped out of the room.

Myers says doctors told detectives the burns were not consistent with accidental burns but were with being submerged in hot water.

Dade-Fondel was arrested in December and is being held in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on a $600,000 bond. It was unknown if she has an attorney.

Information from: KPLC-TV,

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