Police investigate after toddler suffers 2nd-degree burns to face

by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A mother whose daughter suffered second-degree burns on her face wants answers about what happened to the toddler.

Yahzi Huntsberry told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri she left her nearly 2-year-old daughter, Londyn, in the care of the child’s father for just a couple hours while she ran errands.

When she returned, she said the child's father gave her bad news.

"He says, ‘Before you come in, I have to tell you something,’ he said, 'Londyn has been hurt really bad.' And my heart just sank," Huntsberry said.

According to a police report, the child's father said she fell and hit her face on the pavement and he used a washcloth and rubbing alcohol to clean her face.

Huntsberry said her daughter had bandages covering her face when she took her to DeKalb Medical Center.

From there, she said doctors moved the child to Grady Memorial Hospital's burn unit.

"They had to put her on two breathing monitors because they were so afraid of the swelling that it could get so bad her throat could possibly close up," Huntsberry said.
A DeKalb police spokesperson said detectives are waiting on test results to determine if they charge anyone in the case.

Huntsberry said due to the severity of the burns, Londyn can't spend time in the sun or be exposed to wind.

She was still waiting to hear if her daughter would need a skin graft.

"It’s devastating to look at her and not know exactly what happened," Huntsberry added.

Huntsberry said the Division of Family and Children Services was also looking into the case.