JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A Jeffersonville mother accused of burning her 3-year-old daughter faced her charges Monday in court. Iman Joyner, 23, is facing charges of battery to a child and neglect of a dependent.
According to court documents, the abuse had been going on for some time to her 3-year-old daughter who is developmentally delayed and cannot talk. While the child was at preschool at Bridgepoint Elementary in Jeffersonville, the staff noticed she had what appeared to be a burn mark on her cheek. Not only did the child have the burn on her cheek, but the staff also noticed a burn mark on her thigh. The staff then immediately contacted police.
“Employees there were alert they noticed what was injuries that didn't appear to be natural,” said Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull.
Court documents revealed police questioned Joyner on May 16 about the burns. Police said she told them the burn mark on her daughters’ thigh was from a hot burrito and the burn mark to her face was from a hot spoon. Police said Joyner's account of what happened were inconsistent. Police continued their investigation. On May 30, police questioned Joyner again and she admitted she intentionally touched a hot lighter to her daughter's check to see how she would react.
“Quite disturbing to see a child hurt and injured and pain inflicted on the child, for no reason at all other than the curiosity of the mother to see how the child would react,” said Mull.
A warrant was issued for Joyner and she was arrested on Friday. She appeared in court on Monday.
When Joyner left the courtroom I asked if she had any remorse for what happened to her daughter.
“Yes,” replied Joyner. “I have psychosis and I wasn't myself when I did it.”
Judith Bloor, from Home of the Innocents, says signs of abuse are not always obvious. Bloor says it's the community's responsibility to notice when something isn't right, especially when it comes to children who are developmentally delayed.
“They can't raise their hand and say this is happening to me,” said Bloor. “It is our responsibility to notice and ask questions to report if we suspect.”
Some signs of abuse to look out for are if a child becomes withdrawn, aggressive or shows pain.
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call Indiana's Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-800-5556.
In Kentucky, you can also call the Child Protection Hot Line at 1-877-597-2331.
As for Joyner, a judge entered a not guilty plea on her behalf. Her bond was set at $25,000 full cash.