Police: Scalded Dewey 16-month-old released from hospital

DEWEY, Okla. - A 16-month-old Dewey girl flown to Wichita and later to a hospital in Kansas City for the treatment of a severe scalding in January has been released from the hospital, according to police.

"She is doing better," Dewey Police Investigator Tim Stringer told 2NEWS, saying he was notified of her Friday release on Saturday. The girl is back in Oklahoma under the the care of the Department of Human Services.

Nearly a month ago the girl had been transferred to Mercy Children's Hospital in Kansas City in serious condition due "severe second- and third-degree burns to over 30 percent of her body" — the most severe burns being to her feet — she received last month when her mother allegedly left her in a bathtub unattended for more then 10 minutes.

Following the scalding incident in Dewey, she had been transported to Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville where she was sent to by helicopter to Wichita, only to get transferred again to Kansas City due to her worsening. She's been in Kansas City for nearly two weeks now.

Meanwhile, a joint investigation by Dewey police and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation resulted in the arrest of 23-year-old mother, Danielle Lynn Conner, charged with child neglect and obstruction of officers.

She is currently being held in the Washington County jail on a $50,000 bond.

According to the affidavit, the investigation began on Jan. 30 when the Wichita Police Department contacted Dewey police about the girl, her burns and their suspicious nature. Wichita police said Conner's story to hospital staff that the burns were from a spilled pot of boiling water did not match the injuries. A detective said the injuries were submersion burns.

Following interviews with Conner by Dewey investigators, and their confronting her with the evidence, Conner reportedly told them she had placed the girl in a bathtub in water that "was not hot" with a 3-year-old child.

Conner said she left the children for 10 minutes before 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 said when she came back to the bathroom and noticed the hot water was on and the younger girl was screaming, Conner said she immediately lifted the child from the water and "the skin fell off her 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.

According to Stringer, Conner is due back in court on April 5 for a preliminary hearing.

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