Tomball — Woman Charged After Refusing to Treat Child’s Second-Degree Burns
Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019 at 1:43 am by Williams Hart
On Saturday, February 9, 2019, a mother from Tomball was charged with injury to a child by omission after refusing to treat her child’s second degree burns.
A witness reported to the deputies who arrived at a home off Northpointe Ridge Lane for a welfare check on Saturday that a child living in the house had second-degree burns that were left untreated for days. When asked, Cybil Menard, the child’s mother, admitted that the child had received cigarette burns previously and that she chose not to treat it as she always refused medical treatment. Because of this, Menard was charged with injury to a child by omission.
She was given a bond of $15,000, which she made, and as a result, she is now out of jail.
The child was released to a guardian at the home.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the child just because of the mother’s negligence. Alas, this kind of negligence that results to injury is not that uncommon. In a lot of cases, simple assaults that involve bodily injury to another person are considered as Class A misdemeanors; however, the charge can change drastically if the alleged victim is a child (a person who is 14 years of age or younger), elderly person (a person who is 65 years or older), or a disabled person (a person who is substantially unable to protect themselves from harm or to provide food, shelter, or medical for themselves, or who has autism spectrum disorder, developmental disability, intellectual disability, severe emotional disturbance, or traumatic brain injury). If this is the case, then the allegation becomes a felony.
A charge of injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person can be identified as either criminal negligence or omission. Criminal negligence is when intentional, knowing, or reckless states of mind are not present in the case. In the meantime, omission results in an offense if the omission causes an injury defined under the statute and the alleged offender has a legal duty to act, a statutory duty to act, or assumed care, custody, or control of a child, elderly, or disabled individual. This is more often than not applicable to parents or guardians, caregivers, or owners, operators, employees of group homes, nursing facilities, and the like.
An injury to a child, elderly person, or disabled person by criminal negligence or omission can be devastating to the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers who specialize in cases like this. That is why, if you are a victim of this kind of offense, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
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