Court denies reducing bond for Dewey mother accused of child neglect

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - A motion to reduce bond for a Dewey mother still in jail following a mistrial last month was denied in court on Wednesday.

Twenty-four-year-old Danielle Connor, accused of child neglect following the severe scalding of her 16-month-old toddler last January, was remanded to Washington County jail custody after the jury could not reach a verdict Aug. 29.

Her attorney Mark Kane filed the motion to reduce her bond from $50,000 the same day. The judge denied the motion during a status docket hearing Wednesday and ordered Connor back to court Nov. 28.

Dewey police arrested Connor following an investigation that began on Jan. 30 when the Wichita Police Department contacted them about a toddler whose burns appeared suspicious nature, according to the affidavit.

A detective told police Connor's alleged story the burns resulted from a spilled pot of boiling water did not match the injuries as the injuries appeared to be submersion burns.

Reportedly, when Dewey investigators spoke with Connor and confronted her with the evidence, she reportedly told them she had placed the girl in a bathtub with a 3-year-old child in water that "was not hot."

Connor said she left the children for 10 minutes when she heard crying at which time the 3-year-old found her and tried to tell her something she said she could not understand. She said she thought it was about argument over a toy.

She told investigators when she came back to the bathroom and noticed the hot water was on and the younger girl was screaming, she immediately lifted the child from the water and "the skin fell off (the 16-month-old's) legs."

It was following this interview on Jan. 31 police arrested her and the 3-year-old was taken into Department of Human Services custody.

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