Mother of East Tennessee burned girl charged

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The mother of a critically burned, 6-year-old girl has been arrested after telling Chattanooga police she was shopping when her daughter set her clothes ablaze while trying to cook.

Police say 28-year-old Erica Springs was charged with reckless endangerment.

On Tuesday, Dynasty Nicole MacMillian ran in flames from her apartment to a neighbor who assisted and called 911. Police said the child was taken to a burn center in critical but stable condition, with 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 40 percent of her body.

Springs told officers she was shopping with a friend and they had left their children with an elderly acquaintance.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Sandy Location: Knoxville on Jan 31, 2008 at 09:10 AM
    This woman should be charged and put in jail. What kind of person leaves a child this age (with an elderly acquaintance???)to go shopping with a friend. She doesn't deserve to be called a Mother, and this child doesn't deserve to have a life time of misery.
  • by Lulu Location: TN on Jan 31, 2008 at 09:00 AM
    THis is pathetic!!!!

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