Police: Woman set fire to stepdaughter’s face to punish her for ‘yelling’

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (WCMH) — Police say a Texas woman doused her 5-year-old stepdaughter’s face with rubbing alcohol and set her in fire as a punishment for yelling.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Dalia Jimenez, 20, was arrested Wednesday for felony injury to a child. She was released on bond Thursday.

Police said it happened on May 13. 

Jimenez told investigators the child was burned by accident while lighting a candle, but detectives found inconsistencies in her story. She later confessed to pouring alcohol on the child’s face and using a lighter to set it on fire to punish the girl for yelling.

The child’s father was not home at the time. He is not suspected to be involved, NBC Dallas Fort Worth reported.

Child Protective Services removed the girl and her younger sibling from the home. Both are now staying with other family members.

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